ALPHARETTA -- After Mill Creek allowed Dacula to battle back from a big lead in its opener last week, head coach Shannon Jarvis was hoping his defense would be more effective Friday night against Alpharetta.
The first half was a near carbon-copy of Week 1 as the Hawks vaulted to a 28-0 lead at the half, but this week, Jarvis' defense did what he was hoping it would do as Mill Creek flew past Alpharetta 42-7.
"Our defense played four solid quarters," Jarvis said. "Alpharetta has a good team and I was real pleased with how we attacked the ball and forced some turnovers. Those turnovers were the difference."
Mill Creek forced six turnovers on the night, five of those coming in the first half. The Hawks (2-0) made the Raiders pay for their first three mistakes, turning them into 21 first-quarter points.
The first turnover came on the game's third offensive play when Hayden Smith picked off a pass from quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
The pick wasn't entirely Dobbs' fault as the pass could have been caught but bounced off the hands of one of his receivers. Smith was in the right place, easily snaring the defelection.
Six plays later, running back Jacorey Lewis ran in from two yards out for the early 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Alpharetta (1-1) ran just two plays when it turned it over again, this time a fumble recovered by noseguard Kelsey Griffin.
Mill Creek again mounted a nice drive, going 62 yards on eight plays, this time scoring on a 4-yard run from Carter Governale, getting help on the outside with a nice block on the edge from Lewis.
Another first-quarter turnover burned the Raiders again this time a fumble recovered by Taylor Coleman.
Mill Creek wasted no time with a lengthy drive, scoring on just one play with a 57-yard run from Lewis. Lewis ended the game with a team-best 98 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.
"I'm extremely proud with the way we came out," Jarvis said. "I was also real happy with how we finished the game this week. We played fast, created turnovers and finished plays."
Mill Creek quarterback John Russ wasn't as successful through the air as he was last week, but he still put together a solid game, throwing for 134 yards on an efficient 10 of 14 attempts.
While the passing numbers for Russ were modest, his production with his legs made up for it as he rushed for 103 yards and two TDs, scoring on a 26-yard run in the second quarter and adding a 12-yard dash in the fourth.
His counterpart, Dobbs, racked up 206 yards on 19 of 33 passes with one TD, but was victimized with four interceptions.
Two of those picks came from Alonzo Collins, while the other was snatched by Cameron Handy in the game's closing minutes.
Governale finished with 52 yards and one TD for Mill Creek, while Deonte Holeman tallied 49 yards receiving on two catches. DeVozea Felton also had 41 yards receiving and added a late TD with a 52-yard run.