High schools: Deion Sanders bringing his team to Millwood
Prime Prep, coming off a 50-6 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal, fills a bye week in the Falcons' schedule
Prime Time is coming to Oklahoma City.
Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, the co-coach of a football team in the Dallas-area school he created, Prime Prep Academy, will bring his squad to Millwood for a game Friday.
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Prime Prep has come under scrutiny over its eligibility to play in games governed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas' version of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The school enrolled players from outside its proper boundaries who would not be considered eligible in the first year of the school's existence.
That's why Prime Prep scheduled Millwood, which originally had a bye this week. But Prime Prep had to find opponents outside the UIL, since it could not compete in district play. It opened with a 50-6 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal on Aug. 31.
Regardless of the circumstances, the Falcons are excited to play in a game that is drawing significant attention in Oklahoma and Texas.
“It's gonna be a big game,” Millwood junior Quincy Dotson said. “People are gonna be paying attention to it. We're gonna try our best to be ready for it.”
Millwood coach Tony Henry doesn't know if he'll have one of his best players in running back/linebacker Larry Lambeth, who suffered a foot injury in the season opener against Star Spencer. At the latest, Lambeth hopes to return for the start of district play.
INJURIES STING HERITAGE HALL
Heritage Hall (No. 7 in 3A) enters Friday night's game against Davis (No. 3, 2A) without two of its key players.
Running back and linebacker A.J. Knowles left last week's 20-12 loss to Clinton with a shoulder injury and will be sidelined two or three weeks, Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said.
Demaria Walters suffered a knee injury against Clinton that Bogert fears will keep his linebacker/receiver out even longer than Knowles.
“Those are two big losses for us,” Bogert said. “Hopefully, we can get them back for the stretch run.”
Knowles, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, is a punishing runner on offense and run stopper on defense.
“The power yards are what we are going to miss with A.J.,” Bogert said.
Both Knowles and Walters also were two of the Chargers' best pass rushers.
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