By Kevin Eickman
This past Friday evening the Milford Buccaneers football team hosted the Delaware Military Academy (DMA) Seahawks.Make no mistake about it, the Bucs were extremely cordial to their visitors from north of the canal. When the dust had settled, Milford was on the wrong end of a 28-0 loss.
In the games opening series Milford took the ball to mid-field before being forced to punt. Milford had gained two first downs during the series, unfortunately for Milford it would be quite a while before they looked that good again. DMA took the ball deep in their own end of the field and proceeded to run the ball right at the Buccaneers. Milford showed little resolve as the Seahawks had a difficult time stopping them, before the defense came up big with a fourth down stop. The Bucs would be wise to remember the passion and commitment that they brought to the drive stopping series, because after that the defense bordered on looking lost.
“We were very undisciplined today. Form a coaching standpoint it’s frustrating, we practiced all week on what we needed to do based on how the offense was lined up,” coach Mike Tkach stated.
While the failure of the defense was evident all evening, offense and special teams were not immune from missed assignments. On offense the team had a very difficult time developing any type of rhythm. Every time the offense looked like they would get something going, a missed assignment, a poor decision or a penalty would be their undoing. One of the few positive notes was the noticeable improvement of senior quarterback Richard Armstrong who is in his first year at the helm.
“Ricky I thought did better tonight, this is his second game as a varsity quarterback. “Tkach commented. “He is going to get better as the season goes on.”
The punting team presented some problems on two separate occasions, the first of which came with Milford in the shadow of their own end zone, as the punter thought the rush was coming in too fast and took off with the ball. Falling well short of the line to gain, the Buc defense was placed in a very difficult position. Later in the game Milford was forced to call a time out when the members of the punt team were not ready to go in when called upon.
Probably the most alarming aspect of the evening was the lack of effort on a large majority of the players. By the time the game was over, it was clear that a number of players needed to get their heads in the game. “I can tell you, we are gonna clean out the cabinets, shake out the rugs and find out who wants to be on this football team,” Tkach said. “I guarantee it, we are going to find out who wants to do their jobs and who doesn’t this week. I promise you, we won’t allow these guys to quit on us.”
Milford has a tough task this week as they travel to compete to a 2-0 and highly regard Sussex Tech, for a 7:30pm start.