HOSCHTON – Mill Creek scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to knock off West Forsyth 51-13 in Hoschton on Friday night.
“We’re young in some spots and that showed tonight,” West head coach Adam Clack said. “You gotta make plays when you’re asked to make plays. And against a good team like this, if you’re consistently not making the plays you need to make in crucial situations, it’s gonna get away from you.”
After forcing a three-and-out on West’s opening drive, Mill Creek (2-0, 0-0) wasted no time getting started. On their first offensive play from scrimmage, Cameron Turley hit Braxton Richburg for an 82-yard touchdown, putting the Hawks up 7-0.
Late in the first, Mill Creek’s Chase Turner jumped a wide receiver screen pass from Kiernen Hamilton and took it 7 yards for a touchdown, putting the Hawks up 17-0.
West (0-1, 0-0) started its ensuing drive with excellent field position, thanks to Eddie Hamilton’s 66-yard kickoff return that he took all the way to the Hawks’ 32-yard line. Four plays later, Grant Torgerson punched it in from 1 yard out, but a blocked extra point made the score 17-6.
With under a minute remaining in the second quarter, it looked like the Wolverines were going to go into the locker room with a two-touchdown deficit, but in the final minute Hamilton hit Garrett Broxson streaking down the left sideline and he took it all the way for a 70-yard touchdown, making the score 20-13 at the half.
But that was as close as the Wolverines got.
Mill Creek came out in the second half and simply outplayed the Wolverines.
“We were hanging with them early on at the half,” West quarterback Kiernen Hamilton said. “But we just came out flat in the second half. Missed assignments and penalties just kind of shot ourselves in the foot.”
West ended the game with three turnovers. Hamilton went 13-for-25 for 214 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the game, and he knows his team has to be better next week.
“Don’t make mistakes,” Hamilton said. “Just focus on your job and do your job.”
While it wasn’t the start that West wanted to their season, Clack liked the fight he saw from his team.
“Our two major goals coming into this game was to compete and play as a team, no matter what we faced,” Clack said. “At no moment did I see any dissension in my guys tonight. We played a good half, but against a good team like this, you gotta play a great game.”