Photo: Craig Cappy MIll Creek quarterback Daniel David (12) scores on a 5-yard run as Brookwood's Ky Priester (11) couldn't stop him during Friday's game.
HIGHLIGHTS: Brookwood vs. Mill Creek
Highlights from the Brookwood vs. Mill Creek football game in which the Hawks defeated the Broncos 56-21.
HOSCHTON --Just by taking the field Friday night, Mill Creek's football team made a little bit of history with the program's first-ever home playoff game.
When the game got going, the Hawks made sure the fans got an even more historic show.
Scoring touchdowns on their first eight possessions and capitalizing on four Brookwood turnovers, the hosts steamrolled the Broncos 56-21 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs. They advance to the quarterfinals, with a game next Friday at North Cobb, for just the second time in school history.
Here are a few other milestones from Friday's dominating win:
--Mill Creek's 56 points were the most ever allowed by a Brookwood team
--Hawks running back Jacorey Lewis carried 34 times for 252 yards and three touchdowns, upping his school-record season rushing total over the 2,000-yard mark
--The Hawks won their school-record ninth game
"We strive to be perfect in our execution," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "In reality, that's not going to happen. But you try to make up for it with effort. What you saw tonight was a combination of execution and effort. ... We didn't really play (the first home playoff game) up. It wasn't about making history. It was about doing your job on every single play."
The Broncos (7-5) never slowed down the Mill Creek offense, but they did score on their first two possessions for a 14-7 edge, gettinga 35-yard TD pass from Zach Moon to Ky Priester and a 13-yard TD run by Jamaal Cole, who finished with 18 carries for 184 yards.
But when the Hawks' offense kept rolling, Brookwood started turning the ball over. Three second-quarter turnovers and a fourth in the third quarter contributed to Mill Creek building a 56-14 lead less than four minutes into the third quarter, setting up a running clock for the fourth quarter.
While Mill Creek was scoring 49 straight points, Brookwood had four turnovers in a five-possession span. Kelsey Griffin recovered a fumbled snap, then B.J. Harmon, Zac Turner and Chris Dickhute intercepted Moon, who was 6 of 17 passing for 134 yards.
The Hawks (9-3) ran 66 plays to Brookwood's 44, rushing for 394 yards. Daniel David rushed for 49 yards and three scores, threw for 108 and another score and loosened up the Broncos early with a 61-yard TD pass to Michael Cheeks (three catches, 86 yards).
But Mill Creek didn't need to throw much, instead pounding away behind the offensive front that included Matt Kopp, Joe Cox, John Troutman, Conner Cooper and Kaleb Kim. DeVozea Felton also carried 12 times for 81 yards and a score.
"It was exciting," said Lewis, Gwinnett County's leading rusher. "The coaches wanted us to play to our ability and that's what we did. We came out with a big win."
The Hawks' defense also controlled a potent Brookwood offense, thanks to the handful of turnovers. After the Broncos' two early scores, they didn't score again until a 4-yard TD run by Moon with 7:11 left in the game.
Bythen, Mill Creek had the game in hand and began resting starters for the quarterfinals. It was a satisfying victory for the Hawks, who avenged a 31-21 loss at Brookwood in the second game of the season.
"I'm extremely proud of our kids' execution throughout the game," Jarvis said. "After getting beat by (Brookwood) earlier, we wanted to come out and be physical on offense and defense. ... With it being Thanksgiving week, you worry about the kids' focus and preparation. You do everything you can to keep a regular schedule. But our kids showed up tonight with focus."