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.