High school football: Millwood gets easy win over Deion Sanders' Prime Prep
In a sloppy game in which the teams combined for 190 penalty yards, Cameron Batson scored two touchdowns to help Millwood to a 40-12 victory.
The action on the field was ugly and scary and exceptional and enthralling, almost simultaneously in some cases.
On the scoreboard, it was an easy 40-12 victory for Millwood over visiting Prime Prep Academy Friday night at L.W. Good Stadium.
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Millwood scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes to take control of the game, and was never challenged by the first-year school founded and coached by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Neither team could get into an offensive flow, and they combined for 190 penalty yards. Prime Prep turned the ball over five times in a game that was sloppy from start to finish.
Though it was a nondistrict game for the Falcons (3-0), this was big for them, a rare opportunity to play a team from Texas coached by one of football's most recognizable personalities.
“Everything around this game was real big,” Millwood coach Tony Henry said. “Our kids were excited about it. Heck, I was excited about it, seeing a guy like that on the other team. He's probably one of the 10 most famous sports icons in the world. When you have something like that, you just have fun with it and enjoy the time.”
The Falcons' sloppy play centered mostly on their penalties, which included six 15-yarders, and some occasional spotty tackling, though they held Prime Prep to 193 yards (66 in the first half).
Prime Prep has a roster filled predominantly with freshmen and sophomores in a first-year program, and they looked the part. They flashed incredible athletic skills at times, but also struggled to get lined up properly and missed assignments.
Millwood's first touchdown, an 8-yard pass from London Potts to Dashawn Stephens, came when one Prime Prep cornerback was left to cover two receivers.
“It's a teaching and a learning process, not only for the kids, but for the coaches as well,” Sanders said. “It's challenging and it's also promising. We've got some coaches who played in the NFL, so our expectation is something.”
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