Lewis sets new Mill Creek marks with 295 yards, 6 TDs

Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis (28) had 295 yards and 6 TDs against Duluth on Friday.

Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis (28) had 295 yards and 6 TDs against Duluth on Friday.


Photo: Craig Cappy Duluth's Jordan Dandridge (15) runs in for a touchdown after making a catch during Friday's game. He is defended by Mill Creek's Zac Turner (46).


Photo: Craig Cappy Duluth's Thaddeus Bell (4) is run down by Mill Creek's Mike Major (35) during Friday's game.

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DULUTH -- Jacorey Lewis loves running against Duluth.

A season ago against the Wildcats, the Mill Creek running back delivered a career rushing game. The Mill Creek running back set single-game team records with 264 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Duluth.

He nearly equalled those numbers Friday. In the the first half.

Lewis carried the ball 22 times for 212 yards and five touchdowns on his way to a 295-yard, six-score night as Mill Creek out-dueled Duluth 55-21. Both the yards and the touchdowns are new Mill Creek (5-3, 4-2 Region 7-AAAAAA) records.

"Last year against Duluth was (Lewis') coming out party," Jarvis said. "He's had a great year. He breaks tackles and what you are seeing now on the long runs is ... his speed. His large rushing numbers are a result of his long touchdown runs."

And his final run was as big as it gets, he set both new records on his final carry of the night, a 73-yard touchdown where he started with a big hole and then made the rest of the Duluth (2-5, 1-4) defense miss.

"I tried to go back in, but that wasn't happening," Lewis said.

Lewis scored three of his touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 9, 3 and 12 yards as Mill Creek built a quick 21-0 lead. One those three drives, Mill Creek averaged 10.5 yards per play, completing one pass.

"Josh Lovelady our offensive line coach and our offensive line took this game over from play one all the way through the end," Jarvis said of his seven-player rotation up front. "Those guys played exceptional."

But Duluth, well Myles Campbell, responded.

The senior athlete hauled in a 72-yard pass from Thaddeus Bell for the Wildcats' first score and after a three-and-out from Mill Creek, Campbell scooped up a loose punt and sprinted 62 yards for his second touchdown.

Suddenly, a 21-0 game was 21-14.

"It's been three years and he has tortured us," Jarvis said of Campbell. "He can score anywhere on the field. You work all week to adjust your punt team so he doesn't get the ball and then he picks up the loose ball."

But seven was as close as Duluth managed.

Lewis punched in his fourth touchdown on a 14-yard run. Duluth answered with a 58 touchdown catch by Jordan Dandridge. Duluth's Bell threw for 207 of his 265 yards in the first half with two touchdowns. Dandridge ended the night with nine catches for 175 yards. But that was the last Wildcat scoring of the half.

Lewis rolled in from 7-yards out before giving way to his teammates. Defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin, a South Carolina commit, picked off Bell near midfield and rumbled for 58 yards and a touchdown. The interception and touchdowns were both firsts for the Hawks' defensive lineman.

"The end zone was open, so why not score," Griffin said. "That was my first interception, too.

"It doesn't compare to what (Lewis) does, I have to get a taste of what he does every night. It's pretty exciting. It was exciting to score a touchdown knowing that I never touch the ball in high school."

Griffin also had a pair of sacks, including a big stop on a Duluth fourth-down conversion attempt.

Hawks quarterback Daniel David got in the scoring action in the final minute of the half with a 6-yard score.

In total, the first half saw 10 touchdowns, a 200-plus yard rusher and passer, a special team's score and a defensive score.

The second half, everything slowed. The Hawks didn't allow Campbell, Dandridge and the Wildcats another point and Lewis' final run capped the scoring for the Hawks.

"This is a region win, we are going to take it and run with it," Jarvis said.