“That was real cool. He's a good man,” Batson said. “It's real good to meet a man like that — someone who played the position, who you watch and study film on. And then to be able to go out on the field and do it yourself, it's a good position to be in.”
The novelty of the game fell into the background late in the second quarter when Millwood sophomore Andre Clanton went down with a neck injury. He laid on the field for nearly 20 minutes as medical personnel tended to him. An ambulance drove to midfield and loaded him in on a stretcher, but all of his tests were negative.
From all accounts, Clanton never lost consciousness or feeling in his extremities. Afterward, he was simply angry he didn't get to finish the game, Henry said.
Now that the game is behind them, the Falcons hope to focus better on the season ahead, ultimately unhappy with some significant parts of Friday's performance.
“It wasn't our best week of practice,” said Stephens, who caught two touchdown passes and had an 82-yarder wiped out by penalty. “We need to get more focused in practice than what we are. We've got to practice a lot better to get ready for the rest of the season.”