Hawks use big first half to blank Mountain View

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HOSCHTON -- Mill Creek players and coaches insisted that last year's 9-7 upset loss to Mountain View didn't serve as motivation leading up to this year's contest. But something sure got Mill Creek stirred up as the Hawks exploded for a 35-point first half en route to a 49-0 blowout win over Mountain View at Markham Field/Community Stadium.

Mill Creek (2-1) scored on its first seven possessions and never punted in the game. The only two times the Hawks were stopped came on their final two possessions of the game when they turned the ball over on downs at the Bears' 20 and as the clock ran out to end the game.

"I am so pleased with the way our kids played tonight and how they got ready," said Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis. "You could see it in the preparation and practice all week. It was one of the best weeks of preparation we've probably had around here. Take nothing away from Mountain View because their kids played hard the entire game, but it was a complete football game from top to bottom in every facet of the game."

The first half belonged to Mill Creek as the Hawks scored on all five possessions. Jacorey Lewis got it started for Mill Creek on a 7-yard run at 6:51 of the first quarter and Andrew Sciara followed with a 1-yard blast with 1:12 left in the quarter. Lewis finished 84 yards on 14 attempts, including just two rushes in the second half for 14 yards.

In the second quarter, DeVozea Felton went to work and scored on runs of 6 and 22 yards, then caught a 44-yard pass from Daniel David to complete the Mill Creek offensive explosion. Mill Creek piled up 300 yards in offense for the half.

Meanwhile, Mountain View (1-2) generated just 40 yards of total offense in the first half.

Mill Creek wasted no time getting on the scoreboard to start the second half as Felton got loose on a 74-yard run on the first play of the third quarter to increase the Hawks' advantage to 42-0. Mill Creek added its final score of the game when Jordan Sylvain scored from a yard out to make it 49-0.

Mill Creek finished with 521 yards of total offense, including 389 rushing yards on 48 attempts. A big chunk of that came from Felton's 148 yards on five carries. The junior scored four TDs on runs of 6, 22 and 74 yards, plus a scoring pass of 44 yards from David.

"If it wasn't for the offensive line, I wouldn't gain all those yards," said Felton. "They did a tremendous job up front and I just made plays. It wasn't about revenge in this game. We weren't worried about last year and we just wanted to come out and play physical and play fast. That's our No. 1 goal this week and every week. "

David was solid again at quarterback for Mill Creek as the sophomore finished 8 of 11 passing for 132 yards and the TD toss to Felton. Gabriel Franklin also had 72 yards on 18 consecutive carries in the second half for Mill Creek.

On the defensive side, Mill Creek was completely suffocating the Mountain View offense as the Hawks limited the Bears to just 54 yards of total offense for the game. Mountain View finished with just 31 rushing yards on 22 attempts and hit just 2 of 4 passing for 23 yards.

In fact, Mill Creek limited Mountain View to just one first down for the game and that came with four minutes remaining in the first half.