Hollis Brookline falls to Milford

Keith Jones has a much better memory than some high school football coaches.

With the Milford High School football team squaring off Friday night with Hollis Brookline, Jones reminded his players of all the mistakes they made in an upset loss against the Cavaliers.

The Spartans might have made many of the same mistakes this time around, but they were good enough to overcome them, improving to 2-0 on the season with a 43-12 win over HB.

Bryce Walker rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, Mark Madigan added another score on the ground and Max Urda threw scoring passes as Milford outscored HB 28-0 in the second and third quarters.

"I’m excited we won the game," Jones said. "If you watched it, we still tried to find ways to make it interesting. Too many fumbles, too many stupid penalties, but overall, as far as defensively and execution, we had one let down and they scored a long touchdown. Other than that, I thought we played a strong game."

After a pregame ceremony – attended by Sen. Kelly Ayotte – honoring Sept. 11 victims and first responders, the teams played a first half that took more than an hour to play and feature a combined 11 penalties, four turnovers and three blocked punts.

"Last year, we played them, we did not overcome those things and they beat us," Jones said. "It was nice to be on the other end of it this year. That left a bad taste in our mouth last year. These guys live down the street from us and we did not put on a good showing. We wanted to play a much better football game."

Milford jumped out to a 15-0 lead before HB got on the board on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Joey Delaney to Brian Delaney late in the first quarter.

But the Spartans were able to shut down HB’s running game, and then cranked up the pressure, giving Joey Delaney little time to find receivers. The Cavs rushed for just 1 yard on 18 carries in the first half and finished with 69 yards on the ground.

"When you’re one-dimensional, and more so when you’re a spread team, it makes it even harder if you can’t run the ball consistently," HB coach Chris Lones said. "We didn’t do our jobs. We just faced some adversity early in the game and we didn’t do our jobs. We’ve got to do a better job coaching, we’ve got to do a better job playing, we’ve just got to go back to work."