The Millennium football team delivered a 34-6 win over Livermore Valley Prep on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kimball High’s Don Nicholson Stadium to finish off the school’s homecoming week.
A win for the Falcons (3-2) over the Hawks (1-4) was a chance for Millennium’s players to sharpen their skills on both sides of the ball as they get ready for Central California Athletic Alliance play, which begins Oct. 11 at Stone Ridge Christian in Merced after Millennium takes a week off.
“We believe we can run the ball very well and passing is getting stronger every week,” senior defensive end and running back Billy Braten said. He contributed 58 yards on six carries to the Falcons 234 total rushing yards.
Also leading the charge on the ground was junior Izaiah Williams, who covered 73 yards on five carries and scored three times, with a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and two more touchdown runs, 13 yards and 1 yard, in the second quarter. Senior D’Vontae Kelly also scored on a 13-yard run in the first quarter, and senior Raymond DelaRosa contributed 55 yards on seven runs.
Senior quarterback Mojo Atwal, added 90 yards as he completed six of nine passes, including four to junior Malik Charles for 39 yards, and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Giocomo Oliveri at the start of the third quarter. Atwal and Oliveri also ran in 2-point conversions.
Atwal said Saturday’s outcome shows that the Falcons have improved each week.
“Hopefully we keep it going in league. Our goal is playoffs, so we’re a step closer to playoffs,” he said.
Millennium’s defense, with Oliveri logging 12 tackles and junior Carlos Martinez making 11 tackles, limited the Hawks to 62 yards on offense in the first half, including seven yards rushing and 55 yards passing. Millennium’s Charles intercepted two passes, and Braten and Oliveri both picked up fumbles.
The Hawks totaled 108 yards for the night, and scored their touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter on a 38-yard drive aided by two pass interference penalties on the Falcons.
Millennium had six pass interference penalties for the night, which coach Jayson Dias said the team has to fix in preparation for league play.
“We had a lot of penalties that didn’t have to be there,” Dias said.
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