Milton vs. Mill Creek: Battle for Playoff Supremacy
November 26, 2021
Milton, GA- On a freezing cold November night the Milton Eagles the Marietta Blue Devils by a score of 38-21. Much like the last few games, the Eagles have found great success in running the ball. Milton had a multitude of big explosive run plays that set the momentum for the entire game. This week Milton will bring in the two-seeded Mill Creek Hawks from Hoschton. Milton and Mill Creek’s previous meeting was back in the second round of the 2018 playoffs where Milton defeated the hawks 24-3. The winner of this matchup will advance to the semifinals and play the winner of Brookwood vs. Walton.
Mill Creek Impact Players
QB Hayden Clark (Jr.)- 155 completions, 1867 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 86 QBR
ATH Caleb Downs (Jr.)- 84 carries, 9 receptions, 180 yards, 74 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 6 total touchdowns
RB Donovan Journey (Sr.)- 156 carries, 968 yards, 6.2 yards per carry, 18 touchdowns
Currently, Mill Creek is sitting at an 11-1 record with wins coming against Parkview, Norcross, Dacula, West Forsyth, Grayson, North Gwinnett, Mountain View, Newton, Peachtree Ridge, West Forsyth (Playoff Matchup), and McEachern. Mill Creek’s only loss comes to the hands of region rival Collins Hill, 40-10. Mill Creek has a great offense averaging around 37 points per game
Junior Quarterback Hayden Clark will lead the Hawk’s offense into the Eagle’s Nest this week. Against McEachern, Clark completed 16 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Even Junior Safety Caleb Downs threw a pass for 27 yards and one touchdown.
Mill Creek’s leading rusher last week was Senior running back Donovan Journey. Journey rushed for 119 yards on 21 attempts for two touchdowns. Junior Caleb Downs had three carries for 5 yards and one touchdown Senior running back Joseph Robinson Jr. rushed on four carries for 66 yards.
Junior receiver Makhail Wood lead Mill Creek in total receiving with five catches for 75 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore receiver Justin Content caught two balls for 28 yards and one touchdown. Senior Tye Green had one catch for 27 yards and one touchdown. Junior Brendan Jenkins had one eight-yard touchdown reception.
Against opponents Mill Creek is letting up 15 points per game. Mill Creek’s defense is the strongest unit of this year’s Hawks team with the focal point being around five-star Junior safety Caleb Downs.
Against McEachern Downs recorded five tackles and one interception. Senior safety Bryson Taylor had four tackles and one interception. Senior linebacker Brandon Akers had five tackles, one interception and one sack. Senior linebacker Zach Jollay made 14 tackles one tackle for loss and one sack.
Milton Impact Players
QB Devin Farrell (Sr.)- 137 completions, 1865 passing yards, 97 carries, 836 rushing yards, 33 total touchdowns 126 QBR
S Bryce Thornton (Jr.)- 74 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 total touchdowns
RB Jordan McDonald (Sr.)- 133 carries, 1181 yards, 8.9 yards per carry, 20 touchdowns
As previously mentioned, the run game has been the key to Milton’s success in the first and second rounds of the playoffs. Devin Farrell and Jordan McDonald have made a multitude of long runs to help swing momentum in the Eagles’ way. Milton will need a big performance from these two in Friday’s game to come out with a win.
Last week against Marietta Senior quarterback Devin Farrell completed nine passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. Farrell also ran for 167 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
Senior running back Jordan McDonald had a career-high type of day rushing for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 26 attempts. Junior running back Scott Moskowitz rushed on six carries for 43 yards.
Sophomore receiver Debron Gatling lead the Eagles in receiving had three receptions for 46 yards. Senior Adam Freas had two receptions for 26 yards. Senior tight end Jack Nickel had two receptions for four yards and one touchdown catch.
The best part of Milton’s team just might be the offensive line. This unit has proved itself to be one of the tops in the state opening up multiple holes McDonald and Farrell and providing protection. A big shoutout to Seniors Brandon Best, Tyhler Williams, Ben Hartman, Trey Harding, Kayden Richardson, and Mo Clipper.
Milton’s defense came up huge last week forcing four turnovers in the game. Milton was also able to shut down Marietta’s passing game ultimately leading to their slow defeat.
Senior linebacker Zyere Horton led the Eagles in tackles with 10 tackles. Junior linebacker Caleb Moran had seven tackles. Senior linebacker Dylan Miller had three tackles. Senior Owen Pauley made two tackles and one interception.
Junior defensive lineman LT Overton made five tackles and two tackles for loss and two sacks. Senior defensive lineman AJ Crawford recorded three tackles and one fumble recovery.
Junior safety Bryce Thornton had six tackles one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Junior safety Robert Billings had three tackles. Junior cornerback Brayden Holmes made three tackles.
Keys to Victory: Both Teams
One of the more interesting assets of this matchup is the similarity in the style of play both teams run. Milton and Mill Creek are two physical teams that will wear down teams and then deliver a knockout punch to put the game away. The team that runs the ball most efficiently will win this game. Turnovers and field position will be extremely important in this game as well.
Offensive Player of the Game: Jordan McDonald
Defensive Player of the Game: LT Overton