Cavaliers stuffed by Spartans
Friday, October 4, 2013
MILFORD – Going into the season, the Milford High School football team had a young, inexperienced defense.
After four games, the Spartans look all grown up.
For the second straight week, Milford’s first string did not allow a point, while the trio of seniors Harrison Urda, Mitchell Banuskevich and Evan Perron led the offense in the Spartans’ 35-8 drubbing of Hollis Brookline on Friday in a Division II game.
Perron, with eight carries, 144 yards and a TD, and Urda, with nine carries, 107 yards and two TDs, topped the century mark, while Banuskevich added 96 yards on the ground and two more scores.
But it was the defense that led the way.
The Spartans (3-1) outgained HB 271-44 in the first half, as the Cavaliers (0-4) didn’t pick up a first down until their final drive of the second quarter. With 2:40 left in the half, HB’s offense had a net of zero yards.
The key, according to Milford coach Keith Jones, was stopping HB junior Matt Ferenczhalmy.
“I thought the defense played fantastic,” Jones said. Ferenczhalmy “is a talented player, and I think the kids did a heck of a job this week respecting that and coming to play and shutting him down. He’s a great player, and you give a great player respect. We set it up to make sure he wasn’t going to beat us.”
A week after rushing for more than 200 yards against Monadnock, Ferenczhalmy had just 47 against Milford and the Cavs’ lone touchdown, which came during running time in the fourth quarter.
HB finished with 133 yards, but it was a step backward from a week ago.
“Milford is an excellent team, and I expect them to be in the playoffs, but I thought we were going to give them a better game,” HB coach Rich Bergskaug said. “It’s tough when you get down early.
“They didn’t do anything that we didn’t think they were going to defensively. It’s a matter of executing and finding what it takes to push the guys. We can’t afford to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Milford’s first three scores came over a stretch of just seven plays in the first quarter, starting with a roughing the punter call against HB.
Perron, the Spartans’ punter, took the snap and rolled to his right, getting off the kick as a Cavs player barreled into him. That gave Milford a first down at midfield, and on the next play, Perron went 51 yards down the far sideline for the game’s first score with 8:26 left in the first.
After a three-and-out by HB – one of six for the Cavs in the half – the Spartans needed four plays to go 42 yards, scoring on a 14-yard run by Banuskevich. The kick was no good, but Milford led 13-0 with 5:35 remaining in the quarter.
Another punt by HB gave Milford the ball at its own 38, and after an incomplete pass, Urda danced his way through a few tackles and got a couple of good blocks on his way to a 62-yard touchdown run.
Ross Briggs’ kick hit the upright, but with 2:53 left in the first, it was 19-0 Milford.
Banuskevich added a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Urda scored on a 3-yard run in the third, with Milford converting for two after each touchdown, to make it 35-0.