Falcons QB making plays due to last year’s study

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Timber Creek quarterback Anthony Millsap began preparations for his starting role this season by watching from the sidelines.

Good players know to learn all they can by watching others and learning from their experiences and mistakes.

Now in his junior season, Millsap is relying on what he learned last season as a back-up to guide the Falcons in what is turning out to be one of the tougher districts in the area.

“I’d pay very close attention to what (starting QB Taylor Jones) was doing and asking what he was doing and how it was going out there,” Millsap said of his mentor and starting quarterback last season. “I was waiting for my moment. My focus now is that this is my time.”

Timber Creek head coach Kevin Golden said Millsap’s preparations for the starting role began at the outset of his high school career.

“He was able to step in at high level,” Golden said. “We could see glimpses of what he can do on JV, but he started with being on the 9th grade B team and progressed his way up. He has become a leader and guys rally behind him,” Golden said.

Millsap’s talents exceed being able to think through the game on the field.

“He can make people miss and has that little knack for turning a bad play into a good play,” Golden said of the 5-11, 170-pounder. “He’s got the experience of seeing everything. He’s experiencing 5A football and hasn’t turned away from it.”

Millsap said he tends to see himself as a dual-threat quarterback, but the Falcons have relied on the ground game more than a passing attack thus far.

“I feel I can run and pass according to the situation,” Millsap said.

Having participated on the summer 7-on-7 team, he’s been able to throw routes and build chemistry with receivers Benji Martinez; Dalton Brannan, Tyler Allen and Max Patton, among others. Millsap said they’d stay after workouts to get more reps and get their timing down.

“We’ve played a lot together,” Millsap said.

Certainly, the chemistry amongst the Falcons has helped them progress in the tough District 4-5A faster than many may have anticipated.

“I believe we’re a better passing team than running against some teams,” Millsap said. “I like going with whatever Coach (Lonnie) Judd has developed for us,” he said of his offensive coordinator’s game plans.

Helping keep the passing game viable as well as assisting Millsap in making big plays is the performance of running back Amon Lindsey.

“I believe they focus on him more than me and he makes bigger plays,” Millsap said of Lindsey. “He’s a real coachable player and he knows the offense better than anyone else.”

“We’re not throwing it around a whole lot and I would like to be more balanced,” Golden said.

“Anthony has been more accurate, especially with short passes, and he can find receivers and can hit those little holes as they come open,” Golden said.

But Millsap’s top quality may be his leadership, the coach said.

“He’s just a junior and he’s seen the wars as a back-up,” Golden added. “He knows the quarterback has to be a leader and he take charge in the huddle. He’s made some big plays.”

“I feel like everyone looks up to me as a leader and I’m ready to jump in as a leader,” Millsap admitted. “In tough situations, they look up to me and Amon and we do what we both can do. And it all pans out.”

In addition to leadership, Millsap has a high football IQ.

“He minimizes his mistakes,” Golden said. “That’s what I like about him. In tough situations you’re confident he can turn a play around, like finding some running room instead of the sack.”

If there’s a downside, Golden said Millsap is an ultimate competitor and is hard on himself.

Thus far, Millsap is completing over 51 percent of his passes and has four touchdown tosses and three interceptions. He’s also run for two scores.

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