By Kevin Eickman
This football season continues to be a difficult one for the Milford Buccaneers. Friday night saw the Bucs travel to Indian River in a game that Milford came up short, after playing it close in the first half. The Bucs had hung in with Indian River for most of the first half, but as time was winding down towards the end of the second quarter, Milford gave up the go ahead touchdown on a 4th and 15, with just nine seconds remaining.
Milford got the ball at midfield with just five seconds left, and almost evened things up as senior Vance Daniels scrambled deep into Indian River territory, only to be tackled at the 10 yard line “If we don’t give up that last second touchdown, Vance finds the end zone, I think that things could have went differently for us,” said Coach Mike Tkach.
Milford could muster little offensively in the second half, and because of it, the defense wore down as the game progressed. Tkach felt that the lack of offensive movement was a huge detriment to the cause of the Buccaneers. “In the third quarter, our defense was on the field for all but three plays,” Tkach stated. “If you can’t get off the field, you are not going to win a football game.”
Tkach believes that Milford is close, they just need to gain some sustained success that the team can build on. “Our guys are very close to turning the corner, they just have to stay together,” stated Tkach. “It has been a very difficult season, but I feel if our guys can get a taste of success this team has the ability to get on a roll.”
Injuries continue to be a problem for the Buccaneers as well, with junior linebacker Ben Mitzel forced to exit early in the game. Things got worse for Milford as Daniels went down in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. “This has been a very difficult season with regards to injuries, it seems that we have had more than our fair share,” Tkach said. “While we can’t use that as an excuse, it has not made things any easier for us.”
It doesn’t get any easier for Milford this Friday night as they will be hosting the 4-0 Delmar Wildcats. The Wildcats sit atop the Henlopen South and will be a stout test for the Bucs. “Delmar is a team that always comes ready to play, they are a well disciplined football team and will be a big challenge for us,” said Tkach. “We will do everything we can to get ready for them, but it will be a real test for this football team.” Game time is 7:30 pm at Briggs Stadium.