ADAIR, OK —
Cameron Batson accounted for four offensive touchdowns to lead Class 2A's No. 2 Millwood over No. 5 Adair 34-7 in a clash of titans Friday night at Gene Winfield Stadium.
Batson led the senior-laden Falcons (3-0) against the young Warriors, tossing three long touchdowns and running for another. Millwood has beaten a pair of top-five opponents on the road in back-to-back weeks. The Falcons also snapped Adair's 23-game regular season winning streak.
"They're as good as you get in high school football," AHS head coach Mark Lippe said. Lippe scheduled the meeting between the two teams. "They don't have very many weaknesses. This game has no bearing on whether or not we play in December. What it does is it kind of serves as a measuring stick. We got a lot of valuable lessons we can learn from this game."
The main sticking point for Lippe and his staff in the following week will be missed opportunities. Millwood was the benificiary of more than a few fortunate bounces. After forcing a three-and-out on the Falcons' opening drive of the game, the ensuing punt bounced off of a Warrior gunner. The Falcons recovered the muffed kick and scored their first touchdown, a 23-yard pass from Batson to Quincy Dotson on fourth-and-9 just under eight minutes into the game.
The Warriors fell behind 21-0 at half but drove into Millwood territory to open the third quarter but surrendered the ball on downs. Batson then connected with D'Andre Mays for a 78-yard passing score, which deflected off of two Adair defenders before landing in Mays' arms.
"When we watch that film, it will show us how valuable opportunities are in a football game like this. We had a few chances. We get a stop or two, but then we let them make another play, and that's what got us. You can't keep continuing to let them make plays."
Adair went 0-for-2 in the red zone, including a turnover on downs as quarterback BJ Bradbury overthrew Cody Eby in the end zone on fourth down to neutralize a 14-play drive in the second quarter. Millwood was up 14-0 at the time.
The other missed red zone shot was just as painful. After a botched long snap on a punt gave Adair possession at the Falcon 13-yard-line, Bradbury rolled right on first down and threw an interception into the waiting arms of Mays, who returned it 105 yards for a back-breaking score.
"What I'm proud of is our kids kept battling," Lippe said. "They didn't back off the line."
Adair finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 56-yard bomb from Bradbury to Eby. The Warriors kept Millwood out of the end zone in the fourth quarter.
"Defensively, our coaching staff had a great plan," Lippe said. "We executed pretty well. It was not easy for them. Our kids flew to the football, and they never once gave in."
Batson was 12-of-19 through the air for 219 yards and three scores. He also ran 14 times for 60 yards and a score. All of his totals were game-highs.
Bradbury completed 11 of his 21 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He also threw his first pick of the year. Eby led all receivers in catches (seven) and yards (92). Senior Cody Yoder rumbled for a team-high 27 yards on eight carries.
Now 2-1, Adair will host Caney Valley Friday for homecoming. Coronation festivities are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff to follow at 7 p.m.