NORCROSS — Discovery didn't waste the work it put in Friday.
The Titans resumed their weather-delayed game against Meadowcreek on Monday with the ball in the red zone and 1:30 to work before the end of the second quarter.
The Mustangs jumped offsides on the first play and missed the coverage on the third down.
Discovery quarterback Terry Lockhart pitched it to J.J. Hawkins and the big junior running back dashed the remaining 10 yards for a back-breaking touchdown. Hawkins ran for the team's other score, on Friday, and the Titans made it stand up in a 14-6 victory over Meadowcreek.
It was the first win of the season for Discovery.
“That's the game right there,” head coach Efrem Hill said. “Coming out and being able to start fast and score that touchdown, that's the game.”
The 2 ½ day delay gave everyone a chance to evaluate film.
“They saw some things and they stopped some stuff we did, but we saw some stuff we thought we could capitalize on and that was one of the plays,” Hill said of the flip from Lockhart to Hawkins.
The Mustangs' gaffes on that drive proved insurmountable.
“I told our guys that you have to make four great football plays,” Meadowcreek head coach Jason Carerra said. “We jump offsides the first play and the third play, instead of blitzing on the outside like we're supposed to, we blitzed the inside.
“Two huge mistakes in a matter off three plays when they were supposed to come out and bust their (butts) and play with their hair on fire.”
Discovery pushed the lead to 14-0 with four seconds left in the first half. The teams agreed to go straight to the third quarter and the Mustangs had to kick off. The Titans didn't make much headway on the series, but did start to bleed the clock.
Meadowcreek scored on a big play in the final minute of the third quarter, capitalizing on the return of Army committed quarterback Quincy Bonner. The senior missed Friday recovering from a concussion, but was back under center Monday.
Bonner heaved a ball from midfield and a double-covered Micah James went up to get it. The 49-yard play cut the gap to eight points. The point after was missed due to a bad snap.
“We kind of knew, give them a couple of days, that he'll probably be back,” Hill said. “We had to be sound. Do your job. We had to have great effort, but within our schemes. Don't try to be Superman, just do your job and let stuff come to you.”
The Titan defense bent, but didn't break in the fourth quarter.
Meadowcreek got the ball back at its own 41 with just under a minute left.
Bonner completed passes of 13, 10, 9 and 8 yards to James and A'Ta Hassan in rapid succession. An intentional grounding on second down pushed the Mustangs back to the 29. Bonner unloaded on one last ditch effort to the back of the end zone and it fell incomplete.
“That's how we play our defense. We understand they have a good offense so we don't want to let you behind us,” Hill said. “We're going to make you work for it. They did a good job moving it, but when it came time, we stood up and made plays.”
The sun was shining right on the scoreboard so it took a second for Hill to make sure it showed all zeros. When he knew, Hill punched his arm through the air in emphatic celebration.
“We strive on three things — effort, attitude and toughness,” Hill said. “The toughness, everybody lifts weights, but it's mental, too. The team who is a little more mentally tough, that's who would prevail tonight.”
Discovery enjoys a bye week at an opportune time, while Meadowcreek has a short week to prepare for a much improved Shiloh team.
“Our biggest enemy right now is ourselves,” Carerra said. “We've got to quit making mistakes. Maybe we need to change our teaching methods. We've got to go back to work. It's a short week with a really, really good Shiloh football team to play (Friday). We've got the gameplan against them and we'll start installing tomorrow.
“I wouldn't have done it any other way. I want these kids to have a football game. I wanted to play a rival like Discovery. I don't regret a decision to do this one bit. I wasn't going to take half a game and go home.”
DISCOVERY 14, MEADOWCREEK 6
Discovery 0 14 0 0 — 14
Meadowcreek 0 0 6 0 — 6
Discovery: J.J. Hawkins 1 run (Jay Santos kick) 8:25
Discovery: Hawkins 10 pass from Terry Lockhart (Santos kick) :04
Meadowcreek: Micah James 49 pass from Quincy Bonner (kick failed) :56