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Dacula's Keith Collins (12) tries to stop Mill Creek's Brendan Jenkins  (12) from scoring during Friday’s game played at Mill Creek High School.(Photo: Craig Cappy)

Mill Creek Hawks (8-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Josh Lovelady

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Dacula 20-14

Brookwood Broncos (4-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Philip Jones

Record: 3-0

Last week: Beat Walton 43-32

If a common opponent serves as a good indicator, Friday’s Mill Creek at Brookwood game (Senior Night for the Broncos) should be a good one. Both teams had close battles with Dacula — Brookwood won 40-34 in four overtimes in the season-opening Corky Kell Classic, and Mill Creek won 20-14 last Friday in its season opener.

The Hawks’ coaches got to see video of Brookwood while scouting Dacula, and came away impressed, particularly with an offense triggered by quarterback Dylan Lonergan. Lonergan was 23 of 29 passing for 347 yards and three touchdowns last Friday against Walton, and also rushed for 128 yards and a score on five carries. He has a number of playmakers surrounding him, a group that was led last week by tight end Stone Bonner’s five catches for 139 yards and a score.

“We were able to see an extreme amount of talent (from Brookwood on video),” Lovelady said. “Seeing how they battled Dacula, I think it’s going to be a huge challenge because they’re well-coached. And having a quarterback and weapons like he does, they’re tough.”

Jones feels the same about Mill Creek, which used a mix of rushing (Josh Battle had 124 yards) and passing from M.J. Patterson to build a 17-0 on Dacula early in the second quarter. The Hawks’ defense held the lead from there behind strong play from Caleb Downs (eight tackles, one pass breakup), Jack Clayton (eight tackles, three for losses), Gavin Guerra (five tackles, one quarterback hurry), Christian McIntyre (five tackles, one for loss, sack) and Brycen Williams (nine tackles).

“Mill Creek’s always going to be extremely well-coached, extremely fundamentally sound, and they’ll always run to the ball well and stop the run,” Jones said. “They’re going to force us to be physical up front on defense and find a way to stop their powerful run game and they’re going to force us to make some plays on defense. We’ve got to be at our best.”

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Mill Creek won 13-10 in OT in 2018

Location: Brookwood High School

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