It's only Week 2, but the title of Game of the Year has already been taken.
Millwood's Brandon Swindall knocked Douglass quarterback Shon Bridges out of bounds at the 1-yard line on the final play to save the Falcons' 36-31 victory in the Soul Bowl Saturday afternoon at Douglass' Moses F. Miller Stadium.
"I don't think a state championship could compare to this," said Millwood's Josh Turner, who caught the 27-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Kevonte Richardson with 1:27 left. "This means a lot, because this is tradition right here. We just made history."
Turner's catch was one of a dozen or more huge plays that defined Saturday's Soul Bowl. Turner never would have been able to score the winning touchdown had Mike Cole not been able to hang onto a finger-tip grab on a full-reaching dive for an 18-yard gain on fourth-and-12 two plays earlier.
"The O-line gave us some time to get the edge and let Kevonte roll out and throw it," Cole said. "I just thank him for trusting me to make that play. I just stretched out and gave it all for the team."
Richardson threw for 380 yards and five touchdowns, finding Swindall five times for 161 yards and three scores. The Falcons rolled up nearly 500 yards on a Douglass defense that gave up 150 a week earlier.
The Trojans had plenty of their own big plays, from Marcus Caddell's 90-yard kickoff return when Millwood was on the brink of putting the game away, to Bridges' dazzling 29-yard TD run and Aliston Cobb's workhorse pounding that produced 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns.