Spartans edge ConVal in shootout
>Milford football opens with 41-35 triumph
MILFORD – A scan up and down the Milford High football roster reveals more than a handful of potential playmakers.
Friday night in the opener versus ConVal, the Spartans needed nearly every one.
"Every one!" repeated Milford coach Keith Jones after his team held on for a 41-35 shootout win. "That’s a very good football team over there, and they kept coming back at us."
Milford just had all the answers, especially when a 27-7 halftime lead was hacked to one score twice in the fourth quarter.
The first time at 27-21, junior quarterback Zack King, making his varsity debut, had the answer, lofting a 70-yard bomb to senior Ryan Camirand.
The second, at 34-28, it was the bruising inside-rushing tandem of Teagan Vitali and Dylan Salisbury, who chewed up 80 yards on five carries. The senior Vitali plowed in off left tackle for the back-breaker at 1:17, pushing the margin to 41-28.
Even then, ConVal wouldn’t quit, making things interesting with its final score with 48 seconds left, but the onside kick went to Milford and the celebration commenced.
"They really just ran out of time," Jones said.
"But I have to give credit to our guys, too. There were a lot of juniors on that offense, playing under the lights for the first time.
"I can’t say enough about what Zack did tonight. He basically didn’t do anything wrong. And that last drive was all about Teagan and Dylan and their toughness."
King was 10 of 13 for 210 yards and a pair of TD passes in the win.
Vitali carried 14 times for 85 yards on the night, while Salisbury staked his claim to 105 yards on nine rushes.
Milford will need to eliminate its mistakes as it heads to defending champion Windham on Saturday.
The Spartans were hit with 15 flags for 87 yards and still prevailed.
"We can’t do that next week and expect to play with the Jaguars," Jones said.