Mill Creek receiver Michael Cheeks (14) goes up high over Peachtree Ridge's Travis Bowers (33) for a touchdown during Friday's game at Peachtree Ridge.
HIGHLIGHTS: Mill Creek vs. Peachtree Ridge
Highlights from the Mill Creek vs. Peachtree Ridge football game in which the Hawks defeated the Lions 20-10.
SUWANEE --The Mill Creek offense that was forced to punt just twice in its first three football games went on a two-quarter hiatus Friday night.
At halftime, that unit had 25 yards and two first downs.
The lackluster start led to a 10-point halftime deficit on the road at Peachtree Ridge, but the typical Mill Creek offense showed up in the second half. Daniel David threw two second-half touchdown passes and Jacorey Lewis capped the night with a 47-yard scoring run as the Hawks rallied for a 20-10 victory.
"I'm so proud of our football team," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "I loved the character they showed in this game. Peachtree Ridge played a great football game, but I'm proud of our kids for fighting back in the second half."
Peachtree Ridge scored on its first possession on a 20-yard pass from Bryson Sellers to Joe Horn, then tacked on a 45-yard field goal from Connor Rouleau for a 10-0 lead that carried into halftime.
Meanwhile, Mill Creek (3-1, 2-0) had five yards and no first downs until the final minute of the first half. While the offense got going in the second half, the Mill Creek defense pitched a shutout as the visitors outscored the Lions 20-0 over the final two quarters.
"We've had a lot of tough games that we've lost the last few years and we didn't want that to happen this year," Mill Creek senior linebacker Patrick Dike said. "This year, we never stop believing. After we calmed down, we just did our thing in the second half. We did it the Hawk way."
Peachtree Ridge (1-3, 1-1) slowed the Mill Creek rushing attack for most of the game, which put the pressure on David and the passing game.
But the sophomore responded from the start in the third quarter. His third-and-7 rollout pass from his own end zone on the first possession of the second half found Matthew Pursell (four catches, 62 yards) for a first down, and he kept rolling from there.
That pass kept what became a 10-play scoring drive going. It was capped by a 39-yard touchdown pass from David, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 188 yards, to Michael Cheeks.
Mill Creek took the lead early in the fourth quarter with a 12-play march that featured a huge fourth-and-7 pass from David to Kyle Nichols, who made a great tip-toe catch on the sideline. Three plays later, Jin Han made a phenomenal 21-yard TD catch for a 13-10 Mill Creek edge.
Lewis' 47-yard scoring run on the Hawks' next possession put the game out of reach. He finished with 100 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Peachtree Ridge's main offense was Sellers, who completed 19 of 33 passes for 182 yards. Between sacks, scrambles and runs, he had 21 rushes for 25 yards.
Mill Creek was led defensively by Andrew Sciara, who had four tackles for losses and an interception. Gary Holness also had an interception and Kelsey Griffin had a pair of sacks.