Spartans drop Sanborn, 40-18

MILFORD – The Milford football team understood how important it was to earn another win. Fortu­nately, the Spartans suc­ceeded … it only took them two days to do so.

After taking an eight-point lead into halftime on Friday night, Milford found the end zone four times on Sunday as they cruised to a 40-18 victory over Sanborn. Friday’s contest was sus­pended after two quarters due to lightning.

After attempting zero passes and rushing for 174 yards on Friday evening, the Spartans switched up their game plan on Sun­day. Quarterback Zach King completed 6 of 9 pass attempts for 105 yards and two scores in the second half.

"If it was up to me, we would run the ball on ev­ery single play," said coach Keith Jones. "Zach can throw the ball. Their good play on defense forced us into throwing the ball, and we’ve got some pretty good athletes who can catch it."

It was actually Sanborn that got on the board first during the second half. Following a lengthy Mil­ford drive that was over­turned on downs, Indians quarterback Brian Mc­Gough ran the ball 72 yards for a touchdown. Sanborn couldn’t convert on the two-point conversion, only cutting the deficit to two.

That was the last time Sanborn would threaten, as Milford scored on each of their four subsequent possessions. King con­nected with T.J Anderson on a 2-yard touchdown to give the Spartans a nine-point lead, and Milford scored again minutes later on a Teagan Vitali 31-yard touchdown run.

Leading by 16, Milford opted to go for the onside kick, and Anderson recov­ered the kick to give Mil­ford another possession. Milford made the most of their opportunity, as King found Ryan Banuskevich for a 36-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 22. The Spartans would find the end zone once more on an Owen Clary 15-yard touchdown run, while Mc­Gough threw a 33-yard touchdown in the closing minutes to give Sanborn another score.

Milford ran for 155 yards on Sunday, giving the team 329 rushing yards during the contest. Anderson led the Spartans’ rushing at­tack on Sunday with 47 yards. Vitali finished the contest with 99 rushing yards and a pair of touch­downs.

The victory gives Mil­ford its sixth win, which is huge in a competitive Di­vision II. Milford will face off against Plymouth (6-2) next week in a contest that could determine the Spar­tans’ playoff fate.