By Kevin Eickman
Milford knew it was not going to be easy, and they were right. The Milford Buccaneers kicked off the 2014 football season on the road at Cape Henlopen this past Friday, and the result was a tough 35-0 loss at the hands of the highly touted Vikings.
The game started off well enough for Milford as they were able to convert two first downs on their opening series. Unfortunately for Milford when they punted the ball away, they surrendered it to a Cape offense that was performing at an extremely high level. The Vikings wasted little time getting the first score of the game, as senior William Gibbs scored from nine yards out with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bucs once again moved the ball well on their following possession, working the ball into Viking’s territory. With the drive stalling however, Milford was once again forced to punt the ball back to Cape. Once again Cape wasted little effort going right down the field, scoring with 11:03 left in the second quarter.
On their next possession Milford senior quarterback Richard Armstrong threw the first of his two interceptions of the game, allowing Cape to set up shop at the Buccaneer 25. Once again Milford had no answer on defense, with the Vikings making it look easy. “Our tackling was not where we wanted it to be tonight, especially in the first half,” Milford coach Mike Tkach stated. “We knew this was going to be a difficult game to begin with, when you miss as many tackles as we did it doesn’t help matters at all.”
Cape would add the final points of the first half as senior Ja’von Currie would score on an a 16 yard touchdown run with 3:30 left in the 2nd quarter.
After emerging from the locker room to start the second half, Milford began on defense and looked to be highly motivated as they forced Cape into a three and out. Unfortunately for Milford the offense let them down this time, as Armstrong threw his second interception of the game. Cape senior Duckworth stepped in front of the Buccaneer pass, with nothing in front of him but open space. Traveling untouched for 45 yards, Dukworth scored the final touchdown of the game.
Talking with Tkach after the game, he was lest than thrilled with the Buccaneers performance. “We knew it would be tough, we also believed that we would be able to compete with them if we played at our best,” Tkach stated. “We knew the size advantage would be difficult to overcome, unfortunately for us it proved to be too much.”
Milford was able to put together some good sequences on offense and Tkach believes that is something the Buccaneers can build on. “We demonstrated that we could move the ball, we just have to be able to do it with more consistency,” Tkach stated.
Milford will be hosting Delaware Military Academy on Hall of Fame night this Friday, a team they lost to 28-27 last season. One difference between last season and this season is that Milford looks to have come out of this loss much healthier. Tkach believes the Milford will be ready for the visiting Seahawks.
“This team is not afraid to work and I am sure that we are going to have a good week of practice,” Tkach said. “This is a process and we expect to get better with each passing week, we expect to be ready for DMA.” Kick-off for Friday’s home opener scheduled for 7:30pm.