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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
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: September 12, 2012

photo - Deion Sanders attends the Pepsi NFL anthems kick off at Hard Rock Cafe on September 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CAENT102
Deion Sanders attends the Pepsi NFL anthems kick off at Hard Rock Cafe on September 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CAENT102

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.

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.


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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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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