MILLWOOD (13-0) VS WASHINGTON (12-2)
The Match-Up: We’re not going to sugarcoat this or go the politically correct route when breaking down this match-up. Millwood is a powerhouse and the Falcons are looking for their second straight title and their second straight perfect season. The question coming into the game for a lot of people is not if Millwood can win. But if they can continue their streak of shutouts. Before we get into that, Washington has been playing their best football and they have earned their way into this championship clash. After losing in a district title showdown with Lindsay, Washington came into the playoffs at 8-2. And they were beaten down by Lindsay by 17 points. Despite that, the Warriors have completely turned things around and they’ve looked really good in the playoffs. They’ve won all of their playoff games by at least ten points and that includes wins over fellow top ten teams Chisholm and last week in the semifinals over Davis. They beat Chisholm for the second time this season, which if you ask any football mind, beating the same team twice in the same year is no easy task. They won both meetings by a combined 34 points. However, they now find themselves going for the gold ball against a monster. With a victory on Friday night, Millwood will put themselves in the conversation for one of, if not the most dominant team in Oklahoma since the turn of the century. You know you’re dealing with a special team when people aren’t asking if Millwood can win 2A, but if they could win 3A or 4A, or how far could they go in 5A or 6A. We knew Millwood would be special coming into this season but they’ve even exceeded those expectations. Millwood comes into the title game with a streak of six consecutive shutouts. They haven’t given up a point since an October 19th win over Luther. No team in state history has ever shut out every opponent they’ve faced in the playoffs. Millwood can accomplish that on Friday night.
The Players: I think it’s safe to say that if Washington wins, they would pull off one of the bigger upsets in state history. Not that they don’t have a good team, but this Millwood team is widely considered one of the best of all time. However, Washington has a good formula to go into the title game against Millwood. If they can get their star running back Tyler Stuever going, the Warriors will have a chance to control the ball and keep Millwood’s high-powered offense off the field. Stuever has run for more than 2,300 yards this year and has 30 touchdowns on the season. However, this isn’t the first time Millwood has faced a dynamic running back so running the ball and controlling time of possession is easier said than done. Millwood has a star running back of their own in junior Marcus Major. The junior has been apart of a Millwood offense that has averaged over 50 points per game. The Falcons have plenty of weapons on offense and Major is the latest to emerge this season.
The History: These two teams are meeting for the first time since clashing in the 2009 second round. Millwood got the win that night before losing two weeks later to Kingfisher in the semifinals. They only met one other time and that came in the early 70’s. The Falcons have won both meetings in their very brief history. However, since the last meeting came nearly a decade ago, throw the history dynamic out the window in some aspects. This game is all about this year’s teams and one team in Millwood trying to put themselves in the history books forever as an all time great. And Washington trying to keep that from happening with one of the all time upsets.
Millwood: Millwood is back in the title game for the second straight year and the third time in the last five years. They beat Victory Christian last year to win the gold ball. This will be their 11th appearance in the state title game in school history. They hold a 7-3 record in those title games and are 7-1 in the last eight after losing the first two title games they appeared in. The only other loss came in 2013.
Washington: Washington is 1-1 all time in championship games, making their third appearance in school history in the title game. This will be their first title game since losing to Tonkawa in the 2005 championship. They won the ’96 title in a win over Turpin. Friday’s championship will be Washington’s first appearance in the 2A title game. Both of their championship appearances came in Class A.
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