Last season, Jacorey Lewis became the first Mill Creek player to rush for 1,000 yards. It’s a pretty safe bet he’ll top that number.
The senior running back ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns as Mill Creek dominated Dacula 35-0. Displaying huge size up front, skill in the backfield, ability to throw and a swarming defense, Mill Creek coasted to the victory in the opener for both teams. The teams historically have played close ball games, but Mill Creek, the largest school in the state, may have outgrown the Falcons. Even after jumping to an early lead, Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis said he expected Dacula to come back and make it into another dogfight. Not this year.
“If you would’ve told me that it would’ve been like this, I don’t know that I would’ve believed you,” Jarvis said. “And that’s a credit to our kids. I was pleased with our effort and the way that we came out and executed in the first half. Good things happen when you got players flying to the ball.”
That defense allowed a total of 114 yards (45 rushing) and forced two turnovers. Dacula managed only five first downs all game, the first coming midway through the second quarter. By that time, Mill Creek was ahead 14-0 after Lewis went in standing for his first touchdown, a 10-yarder. On the second play of the Hawks’ next possession, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder ran off right tackle, cut it back against the grain, making two defenders miss, and then ran down the left sideline for a 71-yard score and a 21-0 lead. The offensive line of Kaleb Kim, Josh Fannin, Matt Kopp, Joe Cox and Conner Cooper averages more than 250 pounds, with Cox the little guy at 220. The Hawks finished with 274 yards rushing.
“The offensive line played great tonight,” Jarvis said. “And Jacorey did a great job of making people miss. He’s a serious threat. He runs with tremendous power and lean. He’s kind of under the radar. People are talking about other backs in the region, but we sure like Jacorey.”
After Andrew Sciara scored on a 21-yard screen pass from Daniel David Lewis in the third quarter, Lewis tallied his third touchdown, a 3-yard run with one minute in the final period to make it 35-0. David found tight end Matthew Pursell open in the seam for a 23-yard score for the game’s first points.
Defensively, Keanu James made a leaping interception and Brandon Harmon made what Jarvis called the play of the game, making up ground to deflect a long pass that would have been a sure touchdown.
After a 5-5 record last season, the Hawks may be under the radar, too, but they look like a team that can play with the big boys and they’ll find out next week when they travel to Brookwood. “They’re a quality team and we’re looking forward to going to play them,” Jarvis said.
MILL CREEK – 7 – 14 – 7 – 7 – 35
DACULA – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0
MC – Matthew Pursell 23 pass from Daniel David (Bryson King kick)
MC – Jacorey Lewis 10 run (King kick)
MC – Lewis 69 run (King kick)
MC – Andrew Sciara 21 pass from David (King kick)
MC – Lewis 3 run (King kick)