Peachtree Ridge's Jordan Ellis
NORCROSS -- Peachtree Ridge pounded Meadowcreek 62-0 in Norcross on Friday night thanks to a dominating performance.
"For us, we were coming in into a situation where you never know these guys could catch on fire and something could happen." Peachtree Ridge head coach Mark Fleetwood said.
Peachtree Ridge wasted little time getting started, scoring on a 31-yard touchdown run on just its second play of the game by running back Jordan Ellis, who rushed for a team-high 64 of the team's 237 rush yards. Meadowcreek (0-9, 0-7, 7AAAAAA) struggled early in the game with an early fumble and a couple of dropped passes stalling Mustang drives.
Peachtree Ridge (4-5, 4-3, 7AAAAAA) took advantage of the aforementioned fumble and converted it into points when receiver Myron Burton caught a quick pass, broke a tackle and ran down the sideline to give the Lions a 14-0 advantage.
Peachtree Ridge doubled its lead in the second quarter when quarterback Chance Thrasher, who rushed for 51 yards and two scores, and running back Trevor Campbell each scored on short rushes to give Peachtree Ridge a 28-0 halftime cushion.
With the game well in hand, Peachtree Ridge cruised to the win. Knowing that his team needed help (losses by Collins Hill or Mill Creek) to make the playoffs, Fleetwood focused only on what he and his team could control.
"You never know what happens and let's just take care of what we can control. If we can't control it don't worry about it." he said.
However, Peachtree Ridge did not get the help it needed as both Collins Hill and Mill Creek prevailed. Even with that disappointment, Fleetwood knows there is still plenty on the line next week against region opponent North Gwinnett on Senior Night.
"It's going to be a big night ... last year we remember what the score was when that thing ended for the region championship... we are going to work this week to play our best game of the year."