For a program that has been so well known for its incredibly dangerous offensive weapons, Millwood is playing smashmouth defense, and that's why the Falcons are moving on to the Class 2A semifinals.
Millwood allowed 232 total yards in a 40-14 win over Lincoln Christian in a Class 2A quarterfinal Friday night at L.W. Good Stadium.
The win sets up a semifinal game against Hennessey, which upset Millwood in the semifinals last season before going on to win the 2A title.
The Falcons (11-2) allowed just eight first downs on Friday, holding Lincoln Christian well below its average of 42 points per game. And that performance comes one week after Millwood went to Davis and held the Wolves to only seven points.
“The last two weeks, we've played one of the better run teams in 2A, and now we played one of the better pass teams,” Millwood coach Tony Henry said. “The kids have believed in what we're running and they've done a good job.
“It's just focus in practice. We've been showing them exactly what these teams are going to do, how they're going to line up and how we're going to defend it. The players are coming out and executing.”
The week of preparation for Lincoln Christian's spread offense was a big change from last week, getting ready for Davis' triple-option, but the Falcons showed no signs of trouble. The secondary came up with three interceptions, the last of which Dashawn Stephens returned 48 yards for a touchdown.
“It was a big transition,” sophomore Cameron Batson said. “The coaches did a good job of preparing us for Lincoln Christian. We knew they liked to pass a lot, run a lot of out routes. The coaches put us in position, so as players, we just had to go out and play good.”