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Oklahoma high school football: Millwood’s first practice has different feel

Millwood’s annual midnight practice looked different than in previous years.

The Falcons usually have their band, cheerleaders and fans in attendance.   

But when the team officially began its first practice of the season at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the stands were empty. 

Despite the unusual circumstances, players and coaches were thankful to be on the field. 

“The guys are definitely disappointed (in the lack of fans), but at the same time, it’s about playing games,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said. “We don’t know if we’ll have fans or not.”

Franklin and the Falcons have high expectations this year.

After an injury-plagued 2019 season that ended with a 9-3 record, Millwood expects to be a contender in Class 2A.

The Falcons have an open competition at quarterback, and several players are in the mix to be named the starter.

Although there is uncertainty about who will be the signal caller, they have versatile offensive players who can play multiple positions, including sophomore Rickey Hunt Jr. and junior Bailey Brown. 

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Coach Darwin Franklin led Millwood to a 9-3 record last year. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Coach Darwin Franklin led Millwood to a 9-3 record last year. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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