NORCROSS - With a win already under its belt, Meadowcreek sought to make it a sweet homecoming by notching a win on homecoming night against Berkmar.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Berkmar had just a little more in the end, pulling off a 10-7 win Friday night, thanks to the play of its defense.
"Our defense played well (Friday night)," Berkmar head coach John Thompson said. "We weren't in the right place all the time but they played extremely well and I am proud of their efforts."
The Mustangs (1-6, 0-5 in Region 8-AAAAA) struck first after Berkmar quarterback Xavier Briggs had his pass ricochet off the hands of a receiver and into the hands of Meadowcreek's Elijah Brown, who returned it to the Berkmar 5-yard-line. Sean Frezell found Quenton Brown all alone in the back of the end zone two plays later to give Meadowcreek a 7-0 lead.
Berkmar (3-3, 2-2) responded later in the second quarter when Michael Rosser capped a short drive with an 8-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7. The game was intense in the second half with both teams struggling on the offensive end.
"We had a game plan but just didn't execute it," Thompson said.
Ben Wibonele connected on a 45-yard field goal halfway through the third quarter to give his team the lead, but Meadowcreek moved deep into Berkmar territory before Frezell had his pass intercepted by Nick Henry in the end zone.
Meadowcreek got one last chance, but Frezell would mistakenly spike the ball on fourth down at the Berkmar 7-yard line to seal his team's fate in a game that saw a plethora of miscues and penalties from the home team.
Following the game, the intensity remained at a fever pitch as players from both teams got into a skirmish after running into each other in the Meadowcreek fieldhouse. The confrontation went no further as coaches and officials separated both teams.
Berkmar 10, Meadowcreek 7
Meadowcreek: Quenton Brown 9 pass from Sean Frezell (Mirzet Mehic kick) 9:25
Berkmar: Michael Rosser 8 run (Ben Wibonele kick) 3:40
Berkmar: Wibonele 45 FG, 6:46