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High school football: Millwood dominates Douglass in Soul Bowl

LANGSTON — Montrell Wilson's arms raised in frustration as he looked up to the sky.

Millwood's senior quarterback had just missed a chance for a deep touchdown pass late in the first quarter. His throw was too high on third down, but he remained on the field.

Fourth down. Same play. Different result.

This time, it was a touchdown pass for a second straight possession. The next possession, Wilson threw another on fourth down.

“We just called a play and we scored on it,” Wilson said.

It was that kind of afternoon for Millwood in the annual Soul Bowl.

Class 2A's No. 1-ranked Falcons rolled to a 67-7 victory over rival Douglass on Saturday at Langston University behind a record-setting offensive outburst.

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The 67 points are the highest by one team in the longstanding rivalry. The 60-point margin of victory is also the largest.

“The thing we were worried about at the beginning of the season was being lethargic,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said. “Once the season's got going, they're locked in. It's fun.”

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Millwood (2-0) dominated every facet. It scored on its first six drives, only failing to score when time ran out in the half. By then it was 46-0. The Falcons then scored on their first three drives of the second half.

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Show more The Falcons' defense didn't allow Douglass (1-1) much of anything. It forced four turnovers and Dezmond Howard even blocked a punt, recovered it and scored. Highly touted recruit Israel Antwine was a force on the defensive line, with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy in attendance.

“The thing that I liked about it is they didn't get complacent,” Franklin said about the defense. “Even when they scored, the guys got mad. It was that pride thing. It was impressive.”

Still, the offense grabbed the attention of the large crowd.

Running back Isaiah Major rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns, with 192 coming in the first half.

Wilson completed 8 of 18 passes for 217 yards and six touchdowns. He connected with Howard three times for 65 yards, each reception resulting in a touchdown. Wilson also found Kittakone Sirisombath twice for scores.

Wilson still felt like he could have been better, which is why he was frustrated early.

“I missed a lot of touchdowns,” Wilson said. “We could have had more points than that.”

But the point total doesn't get higher than that in the series. That's why Millwood players made sure to take pictures of the scoreboard with the Soul Bowl trophy.

“For us, it's history,” Wilson said. “It's going to be on our history board forever.” ...To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper

 

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