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€