ADA — For as dominant as Millwood has been over the last seven seasons, it's hard to believe the Falcons haven't played for a state football championship since winning it all in 2006.
Thanks to Cameron Batson's 215 rushing yards and a stout defensive performance, that'll finally change next week.
Batson rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another as top-ranked Millwood defeated Hartshorne 24-9 in the Class 2A semifinals Friday night at East Central University.
The Falcons (14-0) will face No. 2 Davis in next week's 2A title game, either Friday or Saturday at a time and place to be determined by the OSSAA.
“It's really an honor,” Batson said. “Our team fought hard and worked hard all year. Now we get a chance to fulfill our dream.
“Our defense played great. We got a lot of stops. The offensive line blocked and we made things happen, but defense was the key to this game.”
Millwood's defensive front kept Hartshorne off balance by filling running lanes and keeping constant pressure on the passer. The Miners had just 209 total yards, and both of their scores came on short fields after Millwood turnovers.
“Defense is what we know,” Falcon lineman Joshua Little said. “We know we've got to last four quarters. We stayed disciplined and handled our business.”
Millwood has won at least 10 games each of the last six years and has been considered a legitimate state title contender most of those seasons. But something always tripped the Falcons before they got to the finals. Ending that trend was major motivation for this year's team.