The Edmond Sun

October 12, 2013

Falcons use flying running game in 7-point victory over Saints

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — A fourth-and-1 stop with 7:13 left in regulation kept Oklahoma Christian in the contest but Millwood picked off a Saint pass on a flea-flicker to preserve a 42-35 conquest Friday night at Millwood High School.

OCS stuffed the ripping and running Falcons at the Saint 46-yard line and on the ensuing play, quarterback Will McKinnis nailed Connor Sikes on a flag pattern for a 54-yard touchdown strike to get within 42-35.

Oklahoma Christian forced Millwood to punt and Kade VanMeter returned the kick 17 yards to the Falcon 38.

But on the gadget play, Millwood intercepted the pass at the 18 and ran out the final 2:28 for the victory to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Sikes also scored the other Saint TD in the fourth, running on a reverse from 12 yards away with a final leap onto the left pylon that pulled OCS to within 42-29 with just under 10 minutes left to play. Sikes hauled in five passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the other traversing 79 yards in the opening stanza from McKinnis that gave the Saints a 15-7 advantage.

The aggressive Millwood running game and arm tackling by Oklahoma Christian enabled the Falcons to rush out to a 42-22 cushion at the start of the fourth quarter after quarterback Cameron Batson took off on a quarterback draw. He ducked and darted out right 36 yards for the score.

Batson led all rushers with 126 yards on 17 totes and teammate running back Janari Glover also eclipsed 100 yards, running five times for 112 yards and two scores from 74 and 33 yards out respectively.

In all, Millwood dominated the running game, outrushing OCS 429-36.

Other Saint touchdowns included Luke Frankfurt’s 11-yard run to ignite the scoring for the evening and VanMeter’s nifty jumping 10-yard reception while tightly covered on a post pattern. McKinnis’ pass was perfect on the play as he hit on 15-of-25 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

VanMeter also had a diving interception to begin the latter half and Sikes returned a kickoff 70 yards to the Millwood 25 in the third quarter. Fellow Saint Thomas Qualls had a big 39-yard kickoff return to the Falcon 46 to help set up Sikes’ 12-yard spin into the end zone.

OCS will host Dibble on Thursday.