Souhegan blows past Milford

MILFORD – Souhegan pitched a perfect second half, shutting out rival Milford, and cruising past the Spartans 41-13.

The Sabers strappe themselves onto the backs of Cameron Kin­ney, Joseph Nogueira, and Zach Bossi and were handsomely rewarded by their efforts. Kinney and Nogueira combined for 145 yards on offense and four touchdowns. On the defensive end, the pair played a stout game at linebacker and kept Mil­ford’s rushing attack from getting into the secondary regularly.

Bossi was lightning when he touched the ball. His one rush of the game resulted in a 57-yard touchdown run, and he sealed the game shut with an acrobatic interception in the fourth quarter.

"We strive for balance," Souhegan coach Mike Lo­chman said. "We have a lot of good players. The reality of it is that they were all being productive tonight so we were able to feature them all. Luckily guys were able to make plays."

The final 27 minutes of the game were all Sabers. Milford put together a marvelous 13-play, 74-yard drive that took over five minutes off the clock to make it a 14-13 game late in the second quarter. On Souhegan’s very next of­fensive play Bossi ripped off his touchdown run and that was the beginning of the mauling.

Milford was unable to get past Souhegan’s 35-yard line for the en­tire second half, and the Spartans turned the ball over four times (twice on downs and twice on inter­ceptions). Milford’s Mark Madigan muffed a punt in the third quarter inside Milford’s 10-yard line that Souhegan recovered. Kin­ney scored a touchdown two plays later.

"They came out, punched us in the mouth," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "They had more enthusiasm than we did, and we never really got going on all cylinders. We were just making too many mental errors de­fensively, and they made plays when they needed to make plays. That was the difference."

Souhegan made its mark in the run game, but Michael Mancini’s ability to make effective throws at key moments stretched Milford’s defense. Man­cini completed five pass­es for 123 yards and a touchdown. The bulk of those yards came when he found Brandon Clark for a 66-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Sabers up 34-13.

"It opens up a lot of op­tions for us," Nogueira said of Souhegan’s varied offense. "We can run so many formations, and it’s really helpful for us."

Madigan was the work­horse for Milford. The senior racked up 123 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown.