Spartans rally to beat Pythons

Bryce Walker scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter to erase an early deficit as the Spartans squeezed by Pelham on Friday night, 34-24.

The first quarter belonged to the Pythons (1-2). Dylan Ragonese ran 40 yards for a touchdown on only the third play of the game, giving Pelham a 6-0 lead. The Pythons added another six points late in the quarter when Nick Johnson scored on a 27-yard run.

The script flipped entirely in the second, as the frame belonged to Milford (3-1). A five-yard touchdown by Walker early in the quarter brought the score to 12-7. The Spartans defense forced their opponent to punt on the next drive, and Mark Madigan returned the kick to the 21-yard line. Walker found the end zone again moments later, giving Milford a 14-12 lead.

Walker and his
teammates weren’t finished. He scored another five-yard touchdown on a third down, padding Milford’s advantage. Madigan intercepted Trevor Gagnon’s pass on Pelham’s final drive of the half, and Milford answered with another Walker touchdown (37 yards) with seconds remaining.

The opponents trade possession for much of the third quarter before Pelham’s Joe Halpin returned an interception 65 yards for a score. Milford answered quickly, scoring on a 14-yard rush by Madigan.

Pelham scored again midway through the fourth and recovered the corresponding onside kick. Milford’s Max Urda came up with a clutch interception to halt the drive, the Spartans’ fourth of the game. On the next drive, the Spartans offense successfully pulled off a fourth-down fake punt to secure the victory.