By Kevin Eickman
Of all the Milford defeats this season, there is little doubt that this one had to hurt the most. For the first time all season the Buccaneers put together a complete game effort. Playing against a high flying Polytech offense, the Bucs came up big for most of the game. In the end it is still a loss, but once again Milford continues to show improvement.
Milford opened up the scoring as freshman David Bowman scored from 22 yards out, heading to the right side of the Buccaneers offensive line before cutting back and heading for pay dirt. Micheal Tkach converted the extra point, providing a 7-0 advantage with 2:55 left in the first quarter. The run was another indication of just how good Milford’s freshman pair of running backs are. Coupled with the equally exciting Raheem Fullman, the tandem have the potential to thrill the Milford faithful for years to come.
“Raheem and David have been forced into huge roles as freshman, and they have responded by getting better every game,” coach Tkach said. “Every week they are asked to do a little more and every week they do it.”
The Bucs continued to play solid football for the quarter, but a mishandled snap on a punt attempt allowed the visiting Panthers to start their first drive of the second quarter on the Milford 20 yard line. “That was a huge play, to give a team like Polytech good field position like that, is something you can’t afford to do.” Tkach stated. Polytech wasted little time taking advantage of the opportunity, tying the game with 10:27 left in the first half. The half would end with the teams tied 7-7, setting the stage for what would be an exciting second half.
The third quarter was a test of wills, with neither defense yielding much to the other. While Milford was able to put together a few first downs from time to time, they could never really sustain anything. One of the reasons Milford had a difficult time was the punting of Poly, they kept Milford pinned deep in their territory for most of the period.
Milford’s defense finally cracked, as the Panthers Cody Stevens hauled in a finger tip 40 yard touchdown reception with just 5:55 remaining in the game. Trailing 14-7 that late in the game, Milford was left with a tough task to try and square matters.
The Buccaneers responded with a huge, 10 play 65 yard drive, the type of drive that has been missing from the Milford arsenal all season. Bowman would begin the drive as Milford found a weakness in the Panther run defense. Working their way into Tech territory, the Buccaneers offense never missed a beat. The game was tied as Fullman scored from 19 yards out and Milford converting the extra point.
“That drive at the end of the game was fantastic, it is something we have been looking for all season,” commented Tkach. “We could have easily let down when Poly scored, but our guys dug deep and tied it up.”
Milford started first in overtime, 10 yards out from the Polytech end zone. They could only work the ball to the 4 yard line before having to settle for a Michael Tkach field goal. Polytech was able to move the ball into the end zone in three plays, with the touchdown came the victory. The Buccaneers record now stands at 0-6 as they will head to 0-6 Seaford this Friday night. Obviously something has to give.