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Northview 28, Meadowcreek 15

NORCROSS -- Despite a highlight-worthy run, Meadowcreek just didn't have enough.

The Mustangs' Richard Williams was lost in the backfield and emerged to daylight. The diminutive tailback weaved around defenders and scored from 52 yards out, one of the senior's two touchdowns on the evening but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs lost 28-15 to open the season.

"Basically, we started off slow," said senior quarterback Ronald Rose, a Norcross transfer, who ran for 60 yards on 12 carries and was 7 of 20 passing for 67 yards and two interceptions. "We have to play the whole game the way we finished."

Trailing 21-0 at the half, Meadowcreek (0-1) allowed Northview's Evan Jacks to connect with Brian Skyes for a 14-yard touchdown. Jacks finished the evening 15 of 22 for 217 yards and three scores for the Titans (1-0).

Rose would find Kelvin Davis for a 43-yard bomb late in the third quarter and later fought for a first down, but was intercepted in the red zone. Nevertheless the Mustangs defense held and earned a safety when the Titans' punter dropped the ball in the end zone.

"The defense played really well ... but we had too many infractions and that comes back on me," said Meadowcreek head coach Deario Grimmage. "We fought back strong in the second half, but we just fell short."

The Mustangs' defense helped nullify an interception of Rose in the first quarter, stopping Northview's Denis Onwualu (3 receptions for 89 yards and a TD, 12 carries for 75 yards) on a fourth and 2 at the 22 yard line.

Williams finished with 56 yards on eight carries with two scores.