File Photo Mill Creek quarterback Daniel David throws the ball during the Hawks' game against North Gwinnett earlier this season.
Mill Creek at Collins Hill
Mill Creek Hawks (7-AAAAAA)
Coach: Shannon Jarvis
Record: 6-3, 5-2 region
Last week: Beat Habersham Central 49-0
Collins Hill Eagles (7-AAAAAA)
Coach: Kevin Reach
Record: 6-3, 5-2 region
Last week: Beat Duluth 40-0
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Collins Hill won 35-32 last year
Directions to Collins Hill High School: From I-85, go east on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and take a left on Taylor Road. School is on the right.
Here's the best indicator of how the Collins Hill-Mill Creek football series has gone the past two seasons --the teams have combined for 143 points.
"They've been shootouts, that's the best way to put it," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said.
Though Collins Hill has won both of those games, a total of just 11 points have separated the Eagles and the Hawks. Collins Hill pulled out a 35-32 win last season after winning 42-34 in 2010.
Those results have been indicative of Mill Creek's history with Collins Hill, which has won five of six all-time meetings in the series. The Hawks' lone win was a 27-24, triple-overtime win in 2007 that led to their first-ever playoff berth.
"Unfortunately, the last couple we've been on the short end of the stick," Jarvis said. "But it's been a good game. I can speak for our kids and our coaches, we're excited about the game this Friday. It's going to be a good game."
Mill Creek hopes to change its luck Friday at Collins Hill in an important regular-season finale for both. The winner earns the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA and the loser is the No. 4 seed. Both have clinched playoff berths and both are guaranteed of first-round road games.
"It's been a good game the last two years with them and I don't expect any different this year," Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach said.
Collins Hill (6-3, 5-2 region) played one of its best games last Friday in a 40-0 win over Duluth.
The defense was stout and produced a touchdown, bouncing back from struggles in losses to Norcross (35-23) and North Gwinnett (38-24).
The offense, despite some injuries, also played well as running back Thomas Harris had a big game while Tyler Herman stepped up at quarterback for injured starter Brett Sheehan. Sheehan, who has an ankle sprain, is expected back this week, but versatile running back/returner Tyler Henderson it out after breaking his collarbone.
"We've been beat up and had some kids out, some kids sick," Reach said. "I can't remember us ever being as beat up as we were. We're finally starting to get everybody well, hopefully at the right time."
The Eagles will need to be at full strength against healthy Mill Creek (6-3, 5-2), which features the county's leading rusher, Jacorey Lewis, and a powerful offensive front.
"They're good offensively, they've got some weapons," Reach said of Mill Creek. "Across the offensive line, they're solid. The quarterback (Daniel David) throws the ball well. The running backs are very good. They've got more speed than in years past."
Jarvis is just as worried about the Collins Hill offense. He figures Sheehan, one of the county's top passers, will play.
"(Sheehan's) very accurate and they do a very good job with him," Jarvis said. "He has a lot of weapons with those receivers and they do a good job spreading the ball around to those guys."