As the summer begins to come to a close our athletes at Milford Senior High School begin their conditioning for the 2012 fall sports season. On Monday, August 17 preseason practice began across the entire state as athletes from Milford prepared for another year. With only a few weeks before the fall sports season begins, this community will once again have its eyes on the Milford High School Football team, hoping for a more successful season than the last.
Milford’s football team is in rebuilding stage as it comes off a 1-9 record. Just three years after winning the State Championship in the Southern Henlopen Division the Buccaneers look to build their presence in the Northern Division. Moving to the Northern Division, Milford has seen bigger and stronger athletes and is looking to put a great team together to go nose to nose with these teams.
“Obviously going 1-9 last season it was very disappointing. As a program, we do not want that to ever happen again,” commented Head Coach Mike Tkach. “I believe our team, coaches and especially myself have re-evaluated ourselves and have made some changes that are going to positively affect the program and get back to our winning ways.”
In his eleventh year as Head Coach of the Milford Buccaneers, Mike Tkach has reevaluated the coaching staff and playbook from last season intent on not allowing last season to repeat itself.
“So far I have been very happy with their work ethic and the commitment the athletes gave this summer in the weight room and conditioning,” commented Tkach. “We are going to change up the offense a little bit and spread teams out a little more and try to put our athletes in space to run and throw to open green grass.”
The football team has several returning players from last year including senior quarter back Nick Jefferson and offensive linemen senior Craig Hundzinski and junior Andrew Marshall. Returning wide receivers will include junior Octavian Wilson, senior Devin Needam and senior Nathan Poore. Returning on the defensive side of the ball for Milford is junior Octavian Wilson and senior Nathan Poore at outside linebacker and senior Devin Needam and junior Vance Daniels as defensive backs.
New contributors on the radar include junior Geophte Augustine as fullback, sophomores Ben Mitzel and Rafiq Henry at linebacker and sophomore Shawn Passwaters and senior Sean Morse at offensive line.
“Personally I feel rejuvenated and looking forward to taking on this task of the upcoming season,” commented Tkach. “I feel we will surprise some people and teams this year and we are going to work every week to get better and be prepared to give our best effort week in and week out.”
Their first home game against Concord High School on Friday, September 7 will be a big test for the Bucs early in the season. The game will begin at 7:30 pm at Briggs Stadium at the Milford High School.