The Peachtree Ridge Lions (4-0, 1-0) and Mill Creek Hawks (3-1, 1-1) met on Friday night in a battle between undefeated teams that was not decided until the final two minutes of the game when the Hawks, trailing 31-24 completed a 74-yard catch and run that brought the home team to within a point. While the Mill Creek faithful were celebrating the score, the extra point sailed wide right and with less than a minute to go the Lions held a one point advantage. After a failed on side kick attempt, the Lions ran out the clock to secure their fourth straight win while handing the Hawks their first loss of the season.
In the fourth quarter the Lions put the team on the back of senior running back Jordan Ellis and he delivered. For the game, Ellis racked up 142 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns and in the final quarter ran for some tough yardage that allowed the Lions to control the ball while also moving it toward the Hawk goal line. Quarterback Chance Thrasher had a solid night, going 21 of 33 through the air for 184 yards and a score. Myron Burton, six catches for 34 yards and a TD, and Tyler Campbell, seven catches for 45 yards, were Thrasher’s top targets. Brandon Johnson made only one catch, but it was for a 44 yard gain.
The Lion defense was anchored by Joe Smith, who made 11 total tackles (9 S, 2 A), and Aaron Harris, who tallied 9.0 (7 S, 2 A). Smith also notched one of the three Peachtree Ridge sacks on the night. Laceem McCall had the other two. Travis Bowers recovered a fumble as well as making an interception in the win.
The Hawks had 229 yards rushing with Carter Governale leading the way (14 carries for 85 yards), while QB Daniel David added 73 on 11 carries while going 12 for 27 with 239 yards and a score passing.
Mill Creek made too many mistakes against a good team, including 15 penalties for 115 yards and two turnovers on their side of the field, to win but they didn’t give up, continued to battle and were an XP away from evening the score. Peachtree Ridge had already played two top teams and had been battle tested coming in-this experience will make the Hawks a better team, and don’t be surprised if the cross paths again this season.
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