The Millennium High football team found strength in its passing game on the way to a 34-0 win over Delta High of Clarksburg on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Kimball High.
Millennium senior quarterback Mojo Atwal emerged as a passing threat after he threw his his first touchdown pass as a Falcon early in the second quarter, and went on to throw for two more touchdowns, completing seven-of-eight passes for 149 yards.
“We’re a balanced attack right now and that’s what’s helping us out,” Atwal said. “Earlier we couldn’t run the ball or throw the ball. Now we’re doing both.”
He added that Millennium (2-1) now gets a big confidence boost with the shutout over Delta (0-3) in advance of a tough matchup against Vacaville Christian next week.
“We take one game at a time,” Atwal said. “We have a chance to go 4-1 in the preseason.”
Atwal’s passing game included a 4-yard touchdown pass to junior Jake Adams to start the second quarter, a 64-yard play when he connected with senior Giacomo Oliveri, who sprinted up the left sideline for the score at the end of the second half, and a pass to junior Malik Charles, who also ran it in up the left side for a 50-yard touchdown.
The Falcons also ran the ball for 208 yards, with 89 yards on eight runs for senior Raymond DelaRosa, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
“In practice we were a little more focused than we had been in the past,” DelaRosa said. “We’ve been practicing real hard, real fast, and all we can do is get better.”
Senior Billy Braten ran for 21 yards on four carries, including a 5-yard touchdown in the Falcons’ first drive of the third quarter. Senior D’Vontae Kelly ran in a 2-point conversion, and Oliveri salvaged a bobbled snap on a point-after attempt and passed to senior R.J. McKee for a 2-point conversion.
Junior Izaiah Williams covered 81 yards on 18 carries. He added that his team also protected the ball well on Saturday.
“The last game we had a bunch of turnovers so this week we worked at cutting down on those,” Williams said.
Millennium coach Jayson Dias added that he is taking advantage of the speed that Williams and the other Millennium running backs bring to the Falcon offense.
“We’re not where we want to be yet but we’re definitely taking a step in the right direction,” Dias said.
Millennium’s defense held Delta to 135 yards, including 117 yards rushing. Adams and junior Carlos Martinez had 10 tackles each, and Martinez also had an interception.
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