HOSCHTON - The Mill Creek Hawks controlled the ball and the clock in a dominant 49-7 win over North Oconee Friday night.
Mill Creek (3-5) did not even attempt a pass as its ground attack racked up 375 yards, led by freshman Lenny Brooks with 140 yards on 7 carries and one touchdown and senior Ryan McDonald with 101 yards on 10 tries and one score. Charlie Hernandez also had two TD runs, both coming in the first quarter.
Hernandez got the Hawks on the board on their second offensive play of the game going 31 yards. Isaac Bargen added the first of his six extra points of the game and Mill Creek took an early 7-0 lead.
The Hernandez run was only a glimpse of what was to come. On the Hawks' next possession, Hernandez capped off a 10-play drive from 11 yards out with his second TD of the quarter.
The Hawks' defense was stout, not allowing a Titan first down until David Firth connected with Vince Maffei for a 20-yard scoring pass with 6:13 left in the first half. The touchdown immediately followed one of three lost fumbles the Hawks had because of sloppy field conditions.
Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis was not concerned with the turnovers.
"Our kids held on to the ball as well as you could expect considering the conditions," said Jarvis.
Mill Creek's defense only gave up three first downs and 90 total yards on the night.
Donta Bosha and Brooks both scored in the second quarter in addition to a 78-yard kickoff return by Paul Deans that gave the Hawks a 35-7 lead at the half.
After starting quarterback Zach Landis left the game with a sprained knee the Hawks kept pounding the ball at the Titans and continued to rack up yards in the second half.
McDonald and Rashad Carroll both had touchdown runs in the half as the Titans could not slow Mill Creek down.
Jarvis adjusted Mill Creek's practice routine this week by having a scrimmage on Monday instead of the normal practice.
"We were pressing. The players, the coaches, everybody. We just wanted them to enjoy the game of football," said Jarvis.