Mill Creek in playoffs after rout of Habersham Central

Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis

Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis

HOSCHTON -- If Friday's 49-0 win over Habersham Central was a tune-up leading into next week's Region 7-AAAAAA showdown at Collins Hill, then Mill Creek appears to have the engine running smoothly.

Coming off a bye week fresh and rested, Mill Creek clicked on all cylinders early and often with a 42-point first half and cruised home to the lopsided win on Senior Night at Community Stadium/Jim Markham Field.

With the win, Mill Creek (6-3, 5-3) clinches a playoff spot and now turns its focus to the regular-season finale at Collins Hill with third-place in the region on the line. Meanwhile, Habersham Central finishes its season at 1-9 overall and 1-7 in the region after moving up to the state's highest classification for the 2012 season.

"Coming off the bye week, I was really worried about the execution and the timing," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "But I was proud of execution on offense and our defense as well, especially in the first half. We played a lot of people in the second half, but I was still proud that we got the shutout and kept our focus."Mill Creek scored on six of its seven possessions in the first half with each touchdown coming from 35 yards or longer and no scoring drive taking more than five plays. Jacorey Lewis scored on runs of 43 and 56 yards while Michael Cheeks hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass from Daniel David to give Mill Creek a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Lewis finished the night with nine carries for 155 yards and two TDs -- all in the first half -- and now has 1,462 rushing yards on the season.

The Hawks didn't let up in the second quarter as Cheeks caught two more TD passes of 40 and 77 from David to make it 35-0. David was 5 of 7 passing for 164 yards and three TDs, which all came in the first half to Cheeks. Cheeks finished the game with four catches for 157 and the three TDs.

Then DeVozea Felton closed out the first-half scoring with a 59-yard run to give Mill Creek a 42-0 halftime advantage.

Meanwhile, the Mill Creek defense was holding Habersham Central to a total of 31 yards in a first half when the Raiders didn't cross midfield. After a scoreless third quarter, Mill Creek scored again from long distance as Jordan Sylvain sprinted in on a 46-yard run as the Hawks completed a quick four-play, 61-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. Mill Creek finished the game with 310 rushing yards on 26 carries.

Habersham Central finally crossed midfield late in the third quarter, but the Mill Creek defense preserved its third shutout of the season. For the game, Habersham Central had just 51 rushing yards on 38 carries and completed four passes on 14 attempts for another 37 yards.