North Cobb 42, Mill Creek 35

North Cobb and Mill Creek came into their Class AAAAAA quarterfinal matchup averaging a combined 90.5 points through the first two rounds, so a 7-0 game early in the second quarter was not what many people had expected to see.

Then the turnovers started, and the offensive fireworks began.

North Cobb turned four of Mill Creek’s six turnovers into 28 points in a 12-minute span midway through the second half and went on to defeat the Hawks 42-35 in Acworth on Friday. The victory puts North Cobb (11-2) in the state semifinals for the first time since 1959. Mill Creek (9-4) fell one game short of reaching the semifinals for the first time in the program’s nine-year history.

North Cobb trailed 21-7 at halftime but got back into the game on its first possession of the second half, driving 55 yards in six plays. Mill Creek appeared ready to answer the score, but Jacorey Lewis fumbled at the 7-yard line at the end of a 38-yard run, and the Warriors’ Emmanuel Slaughter recovered.

That was all the momentum North Cobb needed. A 65-yard pass from Tyler Queen to Xavier Borishade, along with a personal foul penalty on Mill Creek on the play, moved the ball to the Hawks’ 14-yard line. Queen scored on a 1-yard run three plays later, tying the game at 21-21.

Another fumble by Lewis and two interceptions of Mill Creek quarterback Daniel David led to three more North Cobb touchdowns and a 42-28 lead.

Queen finished 14-of-23 passing for 221 yards and had four touchdowns rushing and a TD pass. J’Vontae Herrod rushed for 111 yards on 21 carries, and Borishade had eight receptions for 151 yards and two TDs.

James King had two interceptions and Latrell Gibbs added one for the Warriors. Cameron Albright had an interception, recovered a fumble and threw a touchdown pass.

A North Cobb turnover in the first half gave Mill Creek some early momentum. The Hawks recovered a fumble at the North Cobb 17 on the first play of the second quarter and scored five plays later. Mill Creek added two more touchdowns in the final 6:18 of the half to lead 21-7.

Lewis, who had rushed for 595 yards in the Hawks’ first two playoff games, finished with 154 yards on 26 carries.

Mill Creek – 0-21-7-7 – 35

North Cobb – 7-0-21-14– 42

N – Tyler Queen 4 run (A.J. Borduin kick)

M – Jacorey Lewis 1 run (Bryson King kick)

M – Daniel David 1 run (King kick)

M – David 16 run (King kick)

N – Xavier Borishade 26 pass from Queen (Borduin kick)

N – Queen 1 run (Borduin kick)

N – Borishade 22 pass from Cameron Albright (Borduin kick)

M – Michael Cheeks 39 pass from David (King kick)

N – Queen 1 run (Borduin kick)

N – Queen 3 run (Borduin kick)

M – Lewis 9 pass from David (King kick)

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14 comments Add your comment

BrunoBars

November 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

Warrior Nation keeps shutting the doubters up. Rolling to the Dome

tell the truth

November 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

Great job Warriors- you played a great game. Congrats on making the semis. Don’t stop now.

Okieboy

November 30th, 2012
11:37 pm

Oh yeah Warriors… Looking good. Keep up the good work

region4fan

November 30th, 2012
11:38 pm

Outstanding game Warriors.

Abu Dhabi

November 30th, 2012
11:54 pm

I LOVE IT!!!!!! ….and then there were 4. Let’s Ride.

NCHS Player Dad

December 1st, 2012
12:33 am

Awesome job Warriors. Move forward – Full Throttle!!!!

Dr. Peppa

December 1st, 2012
12:39 am

I gotta just say it, I didnt think yall had that much talent North Cobb. But Yall did what you had to do to win the game. I give yall credit. Good luck against Lovejoy they look tuff.

Lassiter Dad

December 1st, 2012
2:25 am

Congratulations on another big win, and good luck next week against Lovejoy.

Elan

December 1st, 2012
6:05 am

I stand corrected

jimb

December 1st, 2012
6:59 am

the creek had six turnovers and still had a chance, don”t see Cobb able to match up on the outside to small on defense against the power teams.Great game last nite and good luck.Norcross is the team to beat now camden believes.

Abu Dhabi

December 1st, 2012
8:28 am

I love it. It matters not what the peanut gallery has to say, Jimb. At the end of the day, only four teams have practice on Monday, and North Cobb is one of them. It’s quite interesting that folks can’t give a compliment to this amazing team, especially when due. It’s all good becasue we have an entire Warrior Nation behind our boys. All we have to do is win. Win. It matters not about turn overs, the #1 RB in Gwinnett, blah, blah, blah. We are going to the Dome. We’re just that good.

NC all the way!!

December 1st, 2012
1:12 pm

So proud of the NC team, you boys deserve all of this and more! Continue to let haters filled with criticism and jealousy (hint, hint Jimb) fuel the drive to the dome!

57Cat

December 1st, 2012
3:49 pm

I’ll say it again, North Cobb, act like Lovejoy is Valdosta. Play with the same focus, enthusiasm, and motivation and you will be in the Dome on December 13. Hope you have a good week of practice and take the field Friday night mentally sharp and physically healthy.

iBall

December 2nd, 2012
9:22 pm

Oh yeah, Lassiter & McEachern at home. GO WARRIORS! Let’s ride.