Facing one of its fiercest rivals, No. 12 Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) cruised to a 31-12 victory against Peachtree Ridge (Suwannee, Ga.).
With four touchdown passes on the night, Mill Creek quarterback Cameron Turley broke the school record, reaching 37 for his career.
The two teams played into overtime a year ago, a game Mill Creek won, 20-17. Between the two schools that opened a year apart – Peachtree Ridge in 2003 and Mill Creek in 2004 – seven of their 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Such was not the case this time around.
Mill Creek (8-0, 4-0 Region 6-AAAAAAA) has now won 23 consecutive regular-season games.
Early on, the contest was a defensive battle, with each defense forcing punts. That didn’t last long, though, as Turley hit Ace Williams on a 47-yard flea-flicker down to the 7-yard line. From there, Turley hit Mitch McEnaney for the touchdown, and the extra point made it 7-0 with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
That score held until Peachtree Ridge scored with 7:23 to go in the second quarter to make it 7-6. The PAT was blocked. Just 1:04 later, Turley hit Edmond Graham for a 60-yard scored, and with the PAT the Mill Creek lead was now 14-6.
Another connection between Turley and Williams, this one for 60 yards and a TD, gave the Hawks the 21-6 lead with 32 seconds to play in the third quarter and broke the record for Turley.
He added a 40-yard TD strike to Adrian Jackson, and a Brenton King field goal finished the scoring for the Hawks.
Mill Creek, which has now won its four region games by a combined score of 180-36, next plays Mountain View (Lawrenceville, Ga.) on Oct. 21.