Millwood's Darwin Franklin inherits unique situation

Darwin Franklin has two immediate needs as he takes over as the new Millwood football coach this fall. Win now, and build for the future.
by Scott Wright Published: August 30, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Millwood's Larry Lambeth runs down the sidelines on his way to a 48-yard touchdown run during the Class 2A semifinals between Millwood and Hennessey in Yukon, Saturday, December 3 2011. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Millwood's Larry Lambeth runs down the sidelines on his way to a 48-yard touchdown run during the Class 2A semifinals between Millwood and Hennessey in Yukon, Saturday, December 3 2011. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD

Darwin Franklin has two immediate needs as he takes over as the new Millwood football coach this fall.

Win now, and build for the future.

Typically, those two goals don't go together, but that's the uniqueness of the situation Franklin inherits with the Falcons.

The son of longtime Millwood coach Varryl Franklin, Darwin Franklin has a large and talented group of seniors, many of whom have been starting since they were freshmen and sophomores.

That's where the “win now” aspect comes into play.

Players like Cameron Batson, Larry Lambeth and Alfonzo McMillian have been major factors for the Falcons for the last few years. And with all of that experience graduating after this year, Millwood has to begin preparing the next wave of stars this season.

But first, the seniors want a title — bad.

One area where the Falcons' commitment shows immediately is on Lambeth's waistline. The senior running back/linebacker has trimmed 40 pounds off his 6-foot frame while adding muscle in hopes of being more durable with better stamina for the long haul.

“December came around last year and we weren't state champions,” said Lambeth, who is receiving some Division I recruiting interest. “So ever since the season ended, I've been working. I've dropped 40 pounds; I weigh 200 now, and I'm ready to work on both sides of the ball to give myself a better opportunity for college.”


by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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