Millwood played without one of its star players Friday night in a Class 2A high school football playoff game.
The Falcons did not need him.
Running back Shevin Patton watched from the sideline as his teammates overwhelmed Coalgate 32-6 in a second-round matchup before an estimated 1,000 fans at L.W. Good Stadium. Millwood coach Tony Henry said Patton, one of the Falcons' several Division I recruits, sat out with â€œpersonal issuesâ€ and would not elaborate further.
But Millwood (12-0) obviously had too much firepower for Coalgate to handle. The Falcons scored all of their points in the first half, as quarterback Kevonte Richardson threw for two touchdowns and Texas oral commit Josh Turner ran for two.
â€œWe came out in the first half and did some things that we wanted to do,â€ Henry said.
Millwood will host Stroud (11-1) in a third-round game at 7:30 p.m. next Friday. Stroud advanced with a 24-21 victory against Salina. Henry said Patton's status for next week's game is uncertain, but Millwood has plenty in its arsenal.
Richardson completed 11 of 18 passes for 287 yards against Coalgate, which could not match Millwood's speed. Wide receiver Brandon Swindall had a 68-yard touchdown, cutting across the field and blazing past Coalgate's defensive backs.
DeShawn Stephens did the same on a 32-yard TD catch. And Turner, who handled most of the running game with Patton sidelined, had 62- and 2-yard scores. Turner finished the game with 142 yards on 10 carries.
Swindall finished with four catches for 124 yards. Turner added three catches for 118 yards.
â€œThey just have so many athletes and speed,â€ Coalgate coach Wade Boyles said after his team finished a 7-5 season. â€œWe had to find a way to slow 'em down, but they're just a great, great football team.â€
Coalgate only passed six times Friday night. Quarterback Dale Powell and running backs Nolan Fanning and Shay Loudermilk picked up some big ground gains in the second half. But at the same time, the clock continued to wind down toward the end of the football season for the old mining town in southeast Oklahoma.
Loudermilk had a 37-yard touchdown run with 3:11 left in the game. The Wildcats' defense kept Millwood off the board in the second half by forcing a couple of turnovers. Millwood outgained Coalgate 499-279 in total yards; consider Millwood had a 373-86 yards advantage at halftime.
Consistency through four quarters is a must if the Falcons want to run the postseason table.
â€œWe lost a little bit of focus in the second half,â€ Henry said. â€œYou just have to keep harping to them that they need to come out and keep working hard and not let up. We didn't have a sense of urgency in the second half.â€