The Millennium football team was unable to recover from the sluggish first half in the Falcons’ 35-6 loss to the Woodland Christian Cardinals, at Kimball High on Saturday, Aug. 31, in Millennium’s season opener.
The Falcon offense covered only 28 yards rushing in the first half with no first downs until the end of the second quarter, when senior quarterback Mojo Atwal, who completed three-of-11 passes for 30 yards with one interception, connected with junior Izaiah Williams and Giocomo Oliveri.
The Cardinals held a 14-0 lead at the half, and twice held the Falcons to three-and-out at the start of the third quarter. Both times the Cardinals took possession inside the Millennium 10-yard line on bad snaps on the punt attempts, and scored on the next play each time to make it a 28-0 game early in the third quarter. In all, Woodland logged 195 yards rushing and 88 yards passing.
Coach Jayson Dias put senior Giocomo Oliveri in as quarterback early in the third as the Falcons switched from the passing game to the running game. Oliveri said that the offensive line also got its bearings and offered better protection.
“When I come in it’s like a wildcat option and we stick mainly to running,” Oliveri said. “We had a couple plays where we were burning them on the outside and the inside, so we just kept alternating from there and kept doing what was working.”
The Falcons drove 62 yards on the next series and stalled short of the goal line. Woodland Christian scored once more at the start of the fourth on a 29-yard pass up the middle.
Oliveri and Williams then led a 67-yard touchdown drive to set up Oliveri’s 9-yard touchdown run at the end of the fourth quarter.
The Falcons finished the night with 130 yards rushing, including 61 yards on 10 carries for Williams, 46 yards on six carries for D'Vontae Kelly and 45 yards on 13 carries for Oliveri.
“In the second half it didn’t matter about the scoreboard,” Williams said. “We had to come out and play hard, and all of our team had heart the second half.”
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