Mill Creek wins Maloof tourney

ATLANTA -- Despite missing two of its top receivers, the Mill Creek football team won the 16-team George B. Maloof Passing Tournament this past weekend with a perfect record in Saturday's four games.

The Hawks beat Walton and St. Pius to reach the semifinals, where they beat North Cobb. They also beat North Cobb in the championship game, a day after going 4-3 in divisional play and narrowly qualifying as one of six teams for Saturday's bracket play.

They needed a close victory over Norcross on Friday to stay alive for Saturday.

"I'm just proud of our kids' efforts," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "It wasn't just a one-man effort, it was a total team effort. Our defense was the difference in a lot of the games. Both our linebackers and our secondary played well."

Devonte Lewis, Cody Rediger, John Russ and Will Salako stood out on offense the the Hawks, who were without wideouts Brandon Hayman and Kyle Freiberger. Taylor Coleman and Fabian Taylor were among the top players on defense.

"These tournaments are all about making plays and we had kids making plays on the ball," Jarvis said.