By David Purdum / For the AJC
Jacorey Lewis rushed for 343 yards and scored five touchdowns, but Mill Creek needed a 25-yard field goal from Bryson King with seven seconds to play to advance past resilient Alpharetta, 41-39, Friday in first-round playoff action.
Trailing for the first time all night, Mill Creek converted a 4th-and-10 from its own 16 en route to setting up King’s winning kick. King had a kick blocked earlier and also was thwarted by a botched snap on a field-goal attempt, but the sophomore was pure on the winning kick.
Alpharetta (7-4) took its first lead, 39-38, on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Josh Dobbs to Daniel Clements, followed by a two-point conversion from Dobbs to Adam Schildhammer with two minutes to play.
But a banged-up Raiders’ defense couldn’t come up with a stop when it needed it most. Alpharetta lost star defensive end Naim Mustafaa, a Georgia commitment, to a leg injury in the second quarter and also played without suspended receiver Carlos Burse.
The Hawks (8-3) will face No. 1 Lassiter Brookwood, which upset No. 1 Lassiter.
Lewis dominated, gashing the gut of the Raiders’ defense and scoring on runs of 43, 37, 14, 13 and 1 yard for the Hawks. He had two big first-down carries on the game-winning drive.
Mill Creek rushed for 421 yards.
Dobbs, who’s headed to Arizona State, was under constant pressure, but still managed to complete 23-of-40 passes for 271 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.
Bryce Grauss blocked a field goal, and Stefohn Perry scooped up the ball and raced 94 yards for a tying score in the third quarter for Alpharetta.
These two teams met in Week 2 last season, with Mill Creek winning 42-7. Friday’s game started off in similar fashion with the Hawks jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.
But Alpharetta scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half and would hang tough throughout. Dobbs found Schildhammer in back corner of the end zone for the Raiders’ first score with 50 seconds left in the second quarter.
Tre Whitaker’s interception setup a Thomas Waller field goal to cut the Hawks’ lead to 17-10 at intermission.
(Correction: Mill Creek advanced to the second round to face Brookwood).
Mill Creek 0 17 14 10 – 41
Alpharetta 0 10 14 15 – 39
MC – Bryson King 32 field goal
MC – Jacorey Lewis 1 run (King kick)
MC – Lewis 14 run (King kick)
A – Adam Schildhammer 13 pass from Josh Dobbs (Thomas Waller kick)
A – Waller 31 field goal
MC – Lewis 37 run (King kick)
A – Daniel Clements 17 pass from Dobbs (Waller kick)
A – Stefohn Perry 89 blocked kick return (Waller kick)
MC – Lewis 43 run (King kick)
MC – Lewis 13 run (King kick)
A – Julian Macon 25 pass from Dobbs (Waller kick)
A – Clemens 33 pass from Dobbs (Schildhammer pass from Dobbs)
MC – King 25 field goal