By BRANDON RICHARDSON
It’s not very often that a high school football team gets to extract revenge in the postseason against a team that defeated them in the regular season; however, the Mill Creek High School football team took their anger out on the Broncos of Brookwood High School who beat the Hawks 31-21 earlier this year
Head Coach Shannon Jarvis admitted that the Broncos had more of an edge over his team but now things have changed.
“[Brookwood] was better than us at that point.” Head Coach Shannon Jarvis continues, “Our kids have grown in confidence as the year’s progressed.”
The game was close early on as MCHS struggled to stop the Bronco offense. Ky Priester, who is committed to North Carolina State University, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on the drive. MCHS responded with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Daniel David to wide receiver Michael Cheeks. The Broncos offense scored on the following drive, but David responded with a touchdown run of his own, tying the game at 14.
The MCHS defense didn’t struggle for long, forcing the Broncos offense to punt on the following drive. Running back Jacorey Lewis made an impact on the game; his first carry of the drive went for 28 yards and his eighth of the drive was a 16-yard touchdown run.
University of South Carolina commit and star defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin recovered a fumble and David finished things off with a 24-yard scramble for his second rushing touchdown of the night.
“The turnovers really hurt them. I told our kids whoever makes the most plays [will win] and our kids made the plays,” said Jarvis.
The MCHS defense continued to take control with an interception on the next drive and Mill Creek responded with their third touchdown in less than three minutes. Up by 21, defensive back Zac Turner provided MCHS with their second straight interception and third straight turnover. A one-yard sneak by David was his third rushing touchdown of the night, sending the game well out of reach and giving Mill Creek 42 – 14 going into halftime.
With such a comfortable lead, the Hawks allowed the veterans to rest up and played their youngsters who kept the Broncos at bay for the rest of the game.
“I’m extremely proud of every facet of the game. Our kicking game, defense, [and] offense, I’m just proud of our kid’s physicality tonight,” said Jarvis.
Last night was the first time Mill Creek hosted a playoff game and the first nine-game win season for Jarvis. Mill Creek will play North Cobb on Nov. 30. The time and place is still being determined.