By BRANDON RICHARDSON
There aren’t too many times that a football team gets to extract revenge but, the Mill Creek High School football team got its turn against the Broncos of Brookwood High School last Friday night. They defeated BHS 56-21 in the second round of the state playoffs. The Hawks fell 31-21 to Brookwood during the regular season and Head Coach Shannon Jarvis believes his team has matured since the loss.
“[Brookwood] was better than us at that point. Our kids have grown in confidence as the year has progressed,” said Jarvis.
The Broncos are the defending champions from two seasons ago but had a hard time finding pay dirt against a sting Mill Creek defense. The Hawks knew what they were up against when they challenged the Broncos the first time around and they made the necessary adjustments to move on to the next round in the playoffs.
“Brookwood’s a very, very good football team and a great program. When we first opened, there [are] a lot of things they do that I tried to emulate here at Mill Creek,” said Jarvis.
The MCHS defense struggled to stop the Bronco offense early on. North Carolina State University commit Ky Priester 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 for 60 yards. The Bronco offense scored on the following drive but, David responded with a touchdown run of his own tying the game at 14.
“They made some big plays on the first two drives. We knew we had to stop [Priester] and start to get a great pass rush,” said Jarvis.
The MCHS defense wouldn’t struggle for long, forcing the Bronco offense to punt on the following drive. Running back Jacorey Lewis began to make his 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 Brookwood fumble and David capped things off by scrambling 24 yards to the end zone for his second rushing touchdown on the night.
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 1-yard sneak by David would be his third rushing touchdown on the night. That score extended the Hawks lead to 42 – 14.
“The turnovers really hurt them. I told our kids whoever makes the most plays wins and our kids made the plays. They made play after play on both sides of the ball,” said Jarvis.
Lewis rushed for 195 yards in the half along with two rushing touchdowns. David provided the other four touchdowns in the half as the offense went a perfect 6-for-6 in the half.
The Hawks received the ball to begin the second half and continued to be perfect on offense. Lewis carried the ball on eight straight plays resulting in his third touchdown on the night. The MCHS defense continued their dominance with an interception on their first play of the half.
The Hawks saw a comfortable lead in the second that allowed them to rest the veterans and send in the other half of the troops.
Lewis finished the game with 255 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns giving him 46 rushing touchdowns in his career.
“Jacorey did another great job. Our offensive line had another great game. Offensively, we are very pleased. 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.
Mill Creek will play at North Cobb tonight at 7:30.