Even for a playoff team, it's hard not to succumb to a Millwood scoring snowball, as Hobart found out Saturday afternoon.
For one quarter, the game was close, but No. 1 Millwood then cranked out a 28-point second quarter and cruised to a 60-6 win over the Bearcats in a Class 2A second-round playoff game on Leodies Robinson Field.
Quarterback Cameron Batson rushed nine times for 154 yards and three touchdowns and Sheldon Bullock scored on a run and an interception return in the third quarter for Millwood (12-0), which will play at Meeker (12-0) next Friday in a quarterfinal game.
The Falcons have outscored their first two playoff foes, Tonkawa and Hobart, by a combined 132-6. Hobart (7-4) hurt itself by committing six turnovers — three fumbles, three interceptions — and didn't score until late in the fourth quarter, as the Falcons allowed the Bearcats just 184 yards of offense.
“It was 32 (teams), then it was 16 and now it's eight,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said. “It's going to always get a little tougher each step. We keep telling our guys we've got to buckle in and focus and do what we're supposed to do and do the small things right. If we can do all the small things correctly, then everything else will take care of itself.”
The game started with promise for Hobart, as the Bearcats took advantage of two major penalties against Millwood and drove to the Millwood 10 before losing the ball on downs. That proved to be the Bearcats' last, best chance to seize momentum.
It took the Falcons 11 plays to drive 90 yards for their first touchdown, with Batson — who has orally committed to play at Texas Tech — scoring on a 14-yard run. The 7-0 score held until early in the second quarter before the Falcons began reaching the end zone almost at will.
Millwood's Keioinis Bates intercepted a halfback pass thrown by Shawn Clark to give the Falcons the ball at the Hobart 25, and two plays later, Janari Glover scored on a 22-yard run to make it 14-0.
The Bearcats went three-and-out, and Millwood needed just three plays to score. A holding penalty wiped out a 57-yard touchdown run by Glover, but Batson scored from 33 yards out on the next play.
Alfonzo McMillian returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown with 6:33 left in the half, putting the Falcons ahead 28-0. Clark fumbled on Hobart's first snap after the kickoff and the Falcons recovered at the Hobart 29. Two plays later, Larry Lambeth rumbled into the end zone from four yards out to make it 35-0.
“Our guys just kind of settled down,” Franklin said. “We sat and had some mistakes that we were making, some adjustments that we needed to make. We finally made those adjustments and our guys were able to sit there and just play.”
Glover had seven carries for 89 yards before missing the second half due to what Franklin called a hydration issue. Lambeth stepped in to finish with 60 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Batson scored on a 59-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the second half. Lambeth followed with his second touchdown, on a 1-yard run. Bullock scored twice before the third quarter ended, on a weaving 62-yard interception return and on a 33-yard run that made it 60-0.
Much of Hobart's offensive output came in the fourth quarter against Millwood's reserves. Krision Ayers carried 21 times for 90 yards and his 1-yard touchdown run 4:54 left allowed the Bearcats to avoid a shutout.