By Kevin Eickman
Prior to the start of the season opener of the 2015 football season, there was a buzz on the Buccaneer sideline that had been missing for a while. Players were pacing the sideline, eager for a new era in Milford to begin. With first year head coach Shaun Strickland looking to get off to a fast start, spirits were high among the Milford faithful.
While Milford looked ready to go from the start, the visitors from Red Lion Christian Academy looked anything but. After a well documented absence from the DIAA, the Lions were playing their first game in two years. Red Lion only dressed 25 players for the varsity tilt and those limited numbers would contribute to the lopsided score.
Beginning with the games opening possession, it was evident that Milford might be in for a big night. After recovering a fumble, Milford would set up shop on the Red Lion 27 yard line. From there there would be two consecutive running plays by sophomore David Bowman. The first would be for 20 yards, followed by a seven yard scamper that would give Milford a 6-0 lead just one minute into the game.
From there the teams would both record three and outs, with Red Lion ending up deep in their own territory following a booming 50 yard punt by Milford. Setting up at their own seven yard line, Red Lion went backwards before being forced to punt from their own two yard line. Milford was able to block the punt and senior Kenny VanVorst was able to recovery it in the end zone for an easy Milford touchdown. Sophomore Jueventino Torres would make the first of his seven extra points on the evening, giving Milford a 13-0 lead with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.
While Red Lion was able to complete a pass here and there, their offense was severely exposed over the next few minutes. Senior Son Martinez would intercept three consecutive passes, returning the final one 64 yards for a touchdown. Speaking with Martinez after the game, it was obvious that he was real happy with the way the game turned out. “It feels great, I’ve never won by such a big margin in my life,” said Martinez. When asked about the big night for the defense, Martinez explained the Buccaneers were quite comfortable with the offense Red Lion presented them. “We jumped every ball they threw, I was kind of winded but it felt great.”
When you score 67 points, there are going to be a large number of people that have their names on the stat sheet. Freshman Rahshawn Price had a pair of touchdowns, as did sophomore Carlito Natal. Senior Shawn Snowden was on the receiving end of a 12 yard touchdown pass from junior William Kimmel, with junior Dominyc Hovington running one in from 34 yards out as well.
Coach Shaun Strickland was happy with the way the Buccaneers came ready to play. “I knew we were going to come out fired up, we have been waiting all week and chomping at the bits,” Strickland stated. “We had three tough scrimmages and we were ready to come out under the lights and get it going on a Friday night.”
Talking about the defense, Strickland was thrilled with how the unit performed. “I think our defense was just phenomenal, they bought into the game plan this week and they followed it to a T.” stated Strickland.
The level of competition steps up this week, as Milford will head up to Baynard stadium to battle a 1-0 Delaware Military Academy “We are going to come out and clean up the mistakes and clean up the penalties, we’re going up against a very tough team in DMA,” Strickland said. “We’re going to go up there on a Saturday for the first time and we’re gonna prep for that and give them everything that we got.”
Kick-off is set for noon on Saturday.