Senior quarterback Cameron Turley continued to tear up the school record books for No. 12 Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) as the Hawks dominated Cherokee (Canton, Ga.) in the second round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs, 56-21.
By going 8-for-12 for 203 yards in the first half, Turley broke the Mill Creek career records for attempts (558) and yards (4551). He also threw for three touchdowns – two to Ace Williams – to reach 28 on the season and 47 on his career, both school records that had already been shattered.
Williams’ nine receiving TDs are also now a school record, breaking the mark of eight set by Brandon Hayman.
With Mill Creek (12-0) holding a 49-7 lead by halftime, Turley gave way to junior quarterback Brady Longnecker after the break.
As the halftime score indicated, Mill Creek wasted no time early on asserting its will. Turley hit Williams for a 64-yard touchdown connection just a minute into the game, and Brenton King’s extra point made it 7-0.
Cherokee (7-5) didn’t help itself on its next drive, fumbling deep in its own territory. Mill Creek recovered and started on the opposing 6-yard line, but Turley threw a third-down interception as the Hawks weren’t able to build an early cushion. As Mill Creek tends to do, it made up for the early miscue, capping an 87-yard drive that came strictly on running plays with a Jonathan Gipson 28-yard TD run. The hosts had a 14-0 lead with 5:18 to go in the first quarter, and they were off to the races.
A 2-yard Jamar Hall TD run just 3:14 later, with a King extra point, made it 21-0 heading into the second quarter. When the second quarter resumed, Turley hit Edmond Graham on a post-corner route for a touchdown, and the lead was up to 28-0 with 11:53 still to go before halftime. Then, under three minutes later, Turley connected with Williams again for a long TD (this one 49 yards), and it was 35-0.
A 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown got the Warriors on the board at 35-7. Four minutes later, though, Mill Creek drove again, capping the drive with Joe Thomas 5-yard touchdown run to go up 42-7 with four minutes left.
A Thomas 1-yard TD burst and a King PAT gave the Hawks the commanding (and then some) 49-7 lead at halftime.
Rafael Morales added an 82-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Cherokee added two second-half scores to cut into the final deficit.
Next, Mill Creek will face McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 25.