No. 13 Mill Creek (Ga.) rolls into postseason with rout of Duluth

No. 13 Mill Creek (Ga.) rolls into postseason with rout of Duluth

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No. 13 Mill Creek (Ga.) rolls into postseason with rout of Duluth

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No. 13 Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) finished its second consecutive undefeated regular season Friday night with a 56-0 trouncing of host Duluth (Ga.).

Having already clinched the Region 6-AAAAAAA championship, Mill Creek (10-0, 6-0 in region) did not relent, jumping out to a 49-0 halftime lead in cruising to a victory.

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Just 43 seconds into the game, quarterback Cameron Turley hit Ace Williams for a 57-yard touchdown strike, and Brenton King’s extra point gave Mill Creek the 7-0 lead before many had settled in. Running back Anthony Presto scored from 3 yards out with eight minutes to go in the first quarter, and Joe Thomas ran one in from 17 yards with 5:29 still to play in the first.

The score was 21-0 less than 10 minutes into the contest, and 28-0 to end the first quarter after Presto’s second rushing touchdown of the night. As has often been the case this year for the Hawks, the rout was on.

Turley’s second TD toss of the game, this one to Preston Norwood, made it 35-0 with 9:55 left in the first half.

By midway through the second quarter, the Hawks had put their backups into the game. With 7:29 left in the half, running back Rafael Morales scored his first career TD, this from 3 yards out, as the lead ballooned to 42-0. Morales’ second TD of the night – and his career – finished off the first-half scoring as the Hawks went into the break up 49-0.

In the third quarter, an 8-yard touchdown run from C.J. Johnson and extra point from Matt Campbell capped the scoring.

The Hawks finished with 378 yards to 61 for Duluth.

The Mill Creek defense, which returned just one starter from last year’s team, picked up where it left off after a bye week. The Hawks came in allowing just 11.4 points a game, and forced a string of three-and-outs as Duluth (2-8, 0-6 in region) couldn’t get anything going.

The Hawks will host a playoff game on Nov. 11 (opponent TBD).

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