Since dropping its season opener to Dacula, Mill Creek has reeled off consecutive wins. Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis credits the Hawks’ success to the offensive line, led last week by Austin Hagan (seven pancakes) and A.J. Ruechel (eight pancakes).
“We’ve played pretty consistent. We have to continue that Friday,” Jarvis
said. “The consistency is attributed to our offensive line playing well. I’ve been excited about our offensive line.”
Austin Hagan, Mill Creek
MOUNTAIN VIEW BEARS (7-AAAAA)
■ Coach: Tim Hardy
■ Record: 1-2
■ Last week: Beat Lanier 55-7
MILL CREEK HAWKS (7-AAAAA)
■ Coach: Shannon Jarvis
■ Record: 2-1
■ Last week: Beat Cherokee 35-14
Hagan and Ruechel helped running back Devonte Lewis to a big game last week.
The senior rushed for 154 yards and two TDs in last week’s final non-region game.
“They’ve got some nice athletes,” Mountain View coach Tim Hardy said. “I’m really impressed with their skill guys at receiver, running back and quarterback.
They are well coached and disciplined on defense. They are a good football team.”
Kelsey Griffin has gotten better each week and the 6-2, 275-pound defensive tackle had a big game, posting 12 tackles and one forced fumble. Safety Evan Cavaliere had eight stops and a forced fumble.
The Hawks’ defense will try to slow down a Mountain View offense that scored the most points in its two-year history last week.
Running back Marvin Elam rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns and had an 86-yard kickoff return for a TD. Linebacker Tyler Bethune had a solid game last week with four tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble.
“Our focus is on ourselves and our execution,” Hardy said.
Mountain View opened last year and drew some of its students from Mill Creek, so the two teams will be familiar with each other. While it’s the first region game ever for the Bears, Jarvis isn’t taking the game lightly. He just wants his team to stay on its consistent roll.
“I still look on paper as this being our first region game,” Jarvis said. We’ve had a great start, but now it’s time to get the first region win.”
■ Last meeting: First meeting
■ Directions to Mill Creek High School: From I-85, take the Hamilton Mill Road exit and go east. At the immediate light, turn left on Ga. Highway 124/Braselton Highway. School is approximately three miles ahead on the left.