Milford mashes West

Spartans coast to 40-20 win

MANCHESTER – Mil­ford didn’t have any par­ticular player put up gau­dy individual statistics on Saturday at Bill Meisel Veterans Memorial Field.

The Spartans didn’t need one. The sum of all parts was plenty.

Six different Spartans found the end zone, Mil­ford built a 34-point half­time cushion and coasted to a 40-20 victory at Man­chester West in Division II football.

Maverick Dodier led the Spartans (3-1) in rushing with 38 yards on five car­ries, scoring Milford’s first touchdown of the game at the 4:48 mark of the first quarter on a 7-yard scamper. He was one of 18 Spartans to either take a handoff or haul in a pass.

"That’s kind of been the goal all season. We’ve been rotating three sets of running backs, three split ends," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "A lot of different kids touch the ball, but there’s nobody really jumping out with a lot of yardage, which is fine with me. It’s tougher to prepare for (the team) that way."

Zach King was flawless behind center, completing 6 of 6 passes for 69 yards, including a 24-yard touch­down to Ryan Camirand to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead with 2:53 to go in the first. King also ran for 28 yards and a touchdown on five attempts.

"The quarterback is doing a nice job, spread­ing the ball around and completing the passes he should be completing," Jones said of the junior. "Can’t beat that in our offense."

Josh Shaw bloated Milford’s lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown rush, before West (0-4) muffed the ensuing kick­off. Camirand recovered the loose ball and the Spartans made it 27-0 four plays later when T.J. Anderson scored on a 7-yard jaunt. King added Milford’s final touchdown of the half with a 12- yard sprint on fourth-and-2 with 3:03 remaining.

"They’re very intense kids," West coach Vance Sullivan said of Milford. "They bring it every play until the end of the whistle. It’s a hard intensity to match sometimes.

While the offense was methodical, Milford’s defense was menacing. The Blue Knights were pushed backwards for minus-4 yards of offense in the first half.

"The West kids played hard. They’re getting bet­ter and better," Jones said. "It’s just a day where we had to come in and take care of business."

Owen Hutchinson’s interception set up the first-quarter TD pass from King to Camirand..

Camirand made his presence felt in other ar­eas, as well. On the next Blue Knight drive, the senior forced a fumble, which was recovered by Collin Cederberg. The ensuing kickoff was muffed and Camirand was there to jump on it and give the Spartans a short field.

Milford played its reserves over the final 24 minutes. The final Spartan touchdown came from freshman Tyler Delier on a 50-yard burst with 2:13 to play.

West did give its homecoming crowd reason to cheer, however, scoring more points in the second half than it had in its previous three games com­bined.

Desmond St. Felix tallied two touchdowns, the first on a 1-yard plunge before showing his speed on a 61-yard score, and the junior finished with a game-high 83 yards on eight carries. The Knights also scored as time expired on a 55-yard heave from backup quarterback Richard Pow to Joshua Alexander.

"We’ve got a very young team. We’ve got five to­tal seniors and three of them play, but our young guys are learning," Sullivan said. "Hopefully, this group stays together and we’ll get some improve­ment."

Milford shifts its attention to Souhegan. The Spartans host the Sabers on Friday at 7 p.m.

"It’s a big rivalry game," Jones said. "It’s going to be, hopefully, a smash-mouth prize fight. You never know who’s going to win that one."