NORCROSS — Peachtree Ridge looked like the better team on paper in Friday night's matchup against Meadowcreek and it also proved it on the field in a 55-6 win in both sides' Region 7-AAAAA opener.
"We got to play a lot of people tonight," Peachtree Ridge head coach Mark Fleetwood said. " ...I was proud of things we executed at times defensively and offensively."
Peachtree Ridge (3-1) drove down the field on its opening possession, but had to settle for a Connor Rouleau field goal for the first score of the game.
The Lions didn't waste much time getting back on the scoreboard as defensive tackle Tony Porter picked up a Meadowcreek (0-4) fumble and ran it into the end zone for the the first touchdown of the game.
The Peachtree Ridge defense looked sharp in the opening quarter, stopping the run and repeatedly hitting Meadowcreek quarterback Patrick Mills.
The Lions scored on offense as well as fullback Raham Dixon finished off a Peachtree Ridge drive with a strong 8-yard run that made the score 18-0 in the opening quarter.
Meadowcreek had its share of mistakes in the opening half with two errant snaps resulting in Peachtree Ridge safeties.
The Lions racked up 220 yards of total offense in the first two quarters with 141 of those coming through the air. Meadowcreek had minus-six yards of total offense in the first half and trailed 41-0 at halftime.
Meadowcreek ended its drought in the fourth quarter when Kaleb Ross found Chandler McCoy on a short pass which McCoy took for a 77-yard scamper down the sideline. McCoy had two catches for 88 yards.
With the outcome no longer in doubt, the Lions got a good chance to see some of its reserve players get some live game action.
"Being able to go in the game and execute and keep things as they are," Fleetwood said of his expectations for his second-teamers. "Bryson Sellers made a long run and threw the ball well"
Starting quarterback Billy Best handed the reins over to Sellers midway through the second quarter. Sellers, who led the team with 58 rushing yards, took the Lions on an efficient drive to open the second half as running back Chris Snow punched it in from three yards out.
With its region-opening game a rousing success, Peachtree Ridge will look to continue its strong play next week against Mountain View.
"We are one week at a time," Fleetwood said. "We don't look ahead because ... you never know in this game."