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Showdown Friday with Falcons

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The sledding will be a little tougher for the Warriors this week when they host Millwood at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Falcons are 4-1 with their lone defeat coming at the hands of 3A No. 1 Heritage Hall.

A very athletic team will operate out of a spread formation on offense and base out of a 4-3 on defense.

“But they are very multiple,” Beller notes of the Falcon defenders.

“They are by far the most athletic team we will play all year,” Beller said. “They have four out of five on the offensive line back but have a lot of new faces at their skilled positions.”

Millwood’s top quarterback was injured in the opening game. He is back and available to play but the freshmen they substituted with, Michael Taffe, has done so well they are going with him.

“He’s their next star in the making,” Beller said. “He might be the fastest player we’ve faced all year and we’ve faced some speed.”

And their running back transferred in late in the year last year and gained 500 yards in the last three games.

“Even though they’re young they can still play,” Beller said. “We need our offense to be efficient the entire night again this week whether it be big plays or short downs. We can’t be behind the sticks. We have to be efficient on every play.”

The key for a Warriors victory is to limit big plays by the Falcons because Beller reports that’s when they get going.

Washington was about as efficient on offense as you can get in their 48-14 dismantling of Little Axe on the road last Friday night.

Their offense ran only 18 first half plays yet scored 42 points.

The starters didn’t see the field in the second half while coaches swept the bench in the District laugher at Little Axe.

Senior quarterback Devin Orr’s 44 yard touchdown pass to Kobe Scott got the scoring started in the opening quarter.

Orr was 4-5 passing for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

The other pass off Orr’s arm was almost a carbon copy. The second one, again to Scott, was a 45 yarder.

Lance Spaulding scored on runs of 60 and 42. He finished the night with six carries for 123 yards and the two scores.

Carson McMahon danced his way to the end zone on a 46 yard run in the second quarter and Chase Allison found the end zone before intermission on a 28 yard jaunt.

Lane Steele closed out the scoring with a 36 yard run in the fourth period.

“I was proud of our passing game even though we didn’t throw it that often,” head coach Brad Beller said. “Devin threw the ball well and our receivers worked to get open.”

He mentioned the receiver play of Ethan Olson, Kobe Scott, Layne Steele and Graham Schovanec, 

“And Rhett Vaughn made a great catch and run but it was called back due to a penalty,” Beller said.

The Warriors were so dominate they didn’t attempt a pass after the 10 minute mark in the second period.

It was in the second quarter where the Warriors really got rolling.

Spaulding got five of his six carries and Washington did a good job of mixing the pass and run and 28 points in a matter of eight minutes.

On the defensive side of the ball, Beller said he was really proud of the way his defensive backs played.

“I thought they played very well all night. We held an All-District caliber quarterback to 39 yards passing on 20 attempts.

“That was a testament to Graham Schovanec, Kobe Scott, Devin Orr, Ethan Olson, Emitt Wilk and Lane Steele,” Beller said.

Warrior notes: 

The Washington-Millwood game has been ranked as the No. 3 game in Oklahoma this weekend.

Head coach Brad Beller nominated Lance Spaulding as the Offensive Player of the Week. Spaulding scored two rushing touchdowns. He carried the pigskin six times for 123 yards.

Beller nominated Conner Bruce as the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Bruce graded out at 88 percent against the Indians last Friday night.

Getting the nod as the Defensive Player of the Week was Graham Schovanec. He had three tackles and a pass interception.

Luke Steele was nominated as the Defensive lineman of the week. He had four tackles including two for losses against Little Axe.

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