By Kevin Eickman
When it came right down to it the Milford Buccaneers had enough left in the tank to hold on for a one point road victory, just enough. On a day when the Bucs lost their top two offensive threats during the game, Milford had to dig deep and find a way to win. After falling behind at the start of the third quarter, fumbling the opening second half kick-off, the Bucs were struggling. Mount Pleasant seized the momentum and was about to take control of the game until Milford got the big play they so desperately needed.
With the Green Knights driving deep into Milford territory they put the ball on the ground. Buccaneer junior Devin Needam who had fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, scooped the ball up and was off to the races to the Mount Pleasant 10 yard line “I just had to keep my head up, after fumbling the ball earlier,” commented Needam. “We weren’t at our best today, but we all hung in there and it paid off in the end.”
On the next play Milford fullback Geophte Augustin rumbled the 10 yards the Bucs needed to get into the end zone. Milford senior Philip Berry added his third extra point of the day, giving the Bucs the 21-20 lead with 59 seconds left in the half.
While Milford would face multiple challenges the rest of the game, they got the big plays they needed including final quarter interceptions from Nick Jefferson and Needam. Milford coach Mike Tkach was happy with the win, but knew it wasn’t pretty. “We had to overcome a lot today, but we made the plays when we needed to,” said Coach Tkach. “It’s an ugly win, but we’ll take it, we wanted to be 3-3 and we are.”
Milford jumped out to an early 14-0 victory courtesy of a two yard Octavion Wilson run and a ten yard scamper by Vance Daniels. The Bucs were on cruise control as the clock appeared to be winding down on the first half, unfortunately the Green Knights of Mount Pleasant had other plans. Taking over in their own territory with 3:07 left in the half, senior quarterback Lonnie Williams faked a hand off and traveled 60 yards to put Mt. Pleasant on the board.
With a failed conversion attempt, Milford looked like they would at least get into the locker room with an eight point lead. However, with time winding down in the half, Mt. Pleasant connected on a 50 yard touchdown pass and converted the two point attempt to make it 14-14, as the whistle sounded to end the half.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, junior Devin Needam had the ball knocked lose from his hands. Mount Pleasant recovered the fumble deep in Milford territory, and wasted little time tossing a 30 yard pass to take the lead, fortunately for Milford the PAT was missed.
The win gives the Bucs a 3-3 record, with Dover coming to Milford this Friday night at 7:30. With this being homecoming Tkach is hoping for a good crowd “It’s a big week with football game against a very tough team,” stated Tkach. “ I know the stadium will be rocking, we are going to need all the help we can get against a fantastic Dover team.”