PREVIEW: Habersham Central at Mill Creek

Mill Creek's Joe Cox

Mill Creek's Joe Cox

Habersham Central Raiders (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Stuart Cunningham

Record: 1-8, 1-6 region

Last week: Lost to Duluth 56-14

Mill Creek Hawks (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Shannon Jarvis

Record: 5-3, 4-2 region

Last week: Had a bye

Two teams headed in opposite directions meet in Hoschton on Friday night as Mill Creek is working toward a playoff berth and Habersham is finishing off a rough first season in Region 7-AAAAAA. The Raiders have struggled to compete, posting just a single win over lowly Meadowcreek. Their season finale won’t be easy, either, against a team with something to play for.

“It is pretty clear to everyone what we are playing for in regards to the playoffs,” Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. “More importantly, though, we have to continue to focus on our fundamentals and protecting the football. We are still approaching the season one game at a time and we must concentrate on our execution and focus each play to be successful. When we have done that this year we have been successful, when we haven’t we haven’t. Simply stated, this has been the focus of our off week in preparing for Friday night’s game against Habersham Central.”

The Hawks have been potent offensively all season, which could result in more big numbers against struggling Habersham. They also are coming off one of their best offensive showings of the season two weeks ago in a 56-21 win over Duluth.

Jordan Sylvain, Joe Cox, Josh Fannin, Kaleb Kim and John Troutman led a tremendous blocking effort in that victory. The beneficiary was running back Jacorey Lewis, who rushed for school records of 301 yards and six touchdowns. Kelsey Griffin also had a monster game on defense with four sacks and an interception return for a score.

A victory over Habersham sets up Mill Creek for a big regular-season finale next week against Collins Hill that should decide the No. 3 and No. 4 playoff seeds from 7-AAAAAA.

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.