Windham knocks off Spartans
Milford can’t climb out of early hole in 42-6 loss
WINDHAM – Drilled and prepared for the upset bid here on Jaguar Field, Milford High took a blindside hit and never recovered.
Thanks to a TD-successful onside kick-TD barrage, the Spartans found themselves down 14-0 before their offense even touched the turf. Milford never recovered in a 42-6 rout.
"Credit to them, they came out and whacked us in the mouth and never stopped," said Milford coach Keith Jones. "They got rolling and rolling and we never really recovered. It certainly wasn’t what I thought was going to happen."
A season ago, Milford walked into Windham and physically beat up the Jags, who went on to reach the state finals. Through two victories this year, it’s pretty clear that nobody in Division II is going to do that to Windham again.
"We were prepared for a Battle of the Bulge, we knew we were the underdog," said Jones. "We knew they were very good. We just didn’t respond. It was like we didn’t hear the bell for the fight to start."
For Milford, the offense, which was so solid in putting up 41 against ConVal in the opener, just couldn’t get untracked.
QB Zach King went just 7 of 14 for 83 yards, and the running game was stifled by a huge Jaguar front, totalling 11 yards on 27 carries.
"This is not an uncommon thing for them. They’re good, they’ve got a lot of kids and they’re rolling right now," said Jones. Until somebody beats them, they and St. Thomas are the teams to beat. It’s a learning experience, we weren’t ready to play."
Down 21-0, Milford picked up its lone score of the day, 90 seconds into the second quarter when King hit Dylan Salisbury on a 5-yard TD connection.
Windham would answer twice more before halftime, including a 39-yard back-breaker from Cody Potter to Micah Sundman with just 13.8 seconds remaining making it 35-6 at the break.
The Jaguars were the mark of efficiency, averaging 8.1 yards on their 47 plays Victor Pizzotti led the ground game with a pair of TDs and 66 yards on 7 carries. QB Cody Potter hit 9 of 11 passes for 147 yards.
Milford falls to 1-1 and looks to recover on Friday night when Pelham visits Spartan country.