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Football 2013: Mill Creek reloading, ready for season

By Katie B. Davis Sports Director

MILL CREEK: NEED TO KNOW


MASCOT: Hawks

TEAM COLORS: Vegas Gold, Navy Blue & Cardinal Red

CURRENT REGION: 7-AAAAAA

HEAD COACH/RECORD AT SCHOOL: Shannon Jarvis, 10th year, 47-50

2012 RECORD/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 9-4, Class AAAAAA quarterfinalist

KEY LOSSES: RB Jacorey Lewis, WR Matt Pursell, WR Michael Cheeks, OL Matt Kopp, OL John Troutman, DL Kelsey Griffin, LB Brandon Holley, DB Brandon Harmon

OFFENSIVE STYLE: Pistol/Multiple -- Mill Creek will look to establish the run first in order to set up play action and short passing

KEY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: Returns 7 starters -- Sr. RB DeVozea Felton, Jr. QB Daniel David, Jr. OL Kaleb Kim, Sr. RB Carter Governale, Jr. OL Josh Fannin, Jr. RB Jonathon Hawkins, Sr. FB Andrew Sciara

DEFENSIVE STYLE: 3-4 -- the Hawks, led by linebackers Michael Leonard and Andrew Sciara, like to play an uptempo style of defense that attacks the ball and blitzes

KEY DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: Returns 6 starters -- Sr. OLB Michael Leonard, Sr. DB DeVozea Felton, Sr. LB Andrew Sciara, Sr. DB Keanu James, Jr. DB Zac Turner, Jr. DB Chris Dickhute, Sr. DB Carter Governale, Jr. LB Jonathon Hawkins

SPECIAL TEAMS: Jr. P Jake Richards, Jr. PK Bryson King

STRENGTH: Overall experience -- It is Mill Creek's greatest strength, as the Hawks return 7 offensive and 6 defensive starters, including a quarterback that threw for more than 1,800 yards and their top two tacklers from 2012 in Leonard and Sciara

QUESTION: Receivers/offensive line -- Having had to replace its entire receiving corps and three offensive lineman due to graduation, will the lack of experience up front allow for a stout enough running game; and should it, will the new crop of receivers be able to come through for David?

KEY GAMES: Norcross and North Gwinnett. Mill Creek hasn't beaten Norcross or North Gwinnett since the program started, and with a region title on its mind, getting through the top two teams in its region year in and year out is key.

TRENDING: Mill Creek turned the ball over too many times in too many big games and too many critical situations last year. The Hawks had a positive turnover margin for the season, a negative turnover margin in three of their four losses. Protecting the ball will go a long way towards ensuring success for the 2013 team.

2013 SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 at Dacula
Sept. 6 vs. Brookwood
Sept. 13 at Mountain View
Sept. 20 vs. Peachtree Ridge
Sept. 27 at Norcross
Oct. 4 vs. Meadowcreek
Oct. 11 at North Gwinnett
Oct. 18 vs. Duluth
Nov. 1 at Habersham Central
Nov. 8 at Collins Hill
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