By Kevin Eickman
There was little doubt that Milford should be able to handle Saint Andrews at home this past Friday night. The question was how would they look doing it, coming off a disappointing performance the week before against Delaware Military Academy. It did not take long to answer that question, as the Buccaneer’s were dominant the entire game en route to a 42-7 victory.
There was very little doubt with the outcome as sophomore David Bowman would score the first of two touchdowns on the evening on a 17 yard run just four minutes into the game. Speaking with Bowman after the game, it was clear he was happy with the direction the team was heading in. “Getting a second win means we’ve been working hard and we’re better than last year,” Bowman stated. Speaking about where he felt the running game was at, Bowman thinks improvements can be made. “We are getting better, but there are lots of little areas we need to work on,” said Bowman. “Ball security and assignments are areas where we can all use improvement.”
The defense for Milford was solid as well, continually forcing Saint Andrew’s into three and out almost all evening. One consistent weapon that the Cardinals possessed, was junior John Paris. Performing the punting duties, Paris was able to consistently provide a long field for Milford to have to navigate.
While it was a challenge for Milford, it was nothing that they could not overcome. Once again the running game was prominently on display as Milford would go up by a score of 21-0 by the end of the first quarter as freshman Rahshawn Price would produce a touchdown run of 50 yards. Junior Dominyc Hovington provided a touchdown on a 69 yard run. Also scoring a touchdown for Milford was junior Clay Stevenson who scored from three yards out at the end of the second quarter.
Starting the second half with a 35-0 lead, the game was played with a running clock the rest of the way. Junior quarterback William Kimmel who went all the way in his first start as a Buccaneer, would have a third quarter touchdown pass to sophomore Marcus Correa.
While the 2-1 record is nice, Milford knows there is a lot of work to be done. They need look back only two weeks ago to understand the challenges involved with traveling up north for a Saturday afternoon game. The challenge will be a tough one for Milford as they will battle 3-0 Conrad,in a game featuring a 1:30pm kick-off. While addressing the players following the game, coach Shaun Strickland made it clear that the focus would be on getting in a solid week of practice. “Enjoy the win tonight, but we need to come in ready to work on Monday,” Strickland stated.
Speaking with Strickland following the game, it was clear that he knows that matching up against a team like Conrad would be difficult. “We know that they are undefeated and can score a lot of points,” Strickland said. “We’re going to have to study up, get after it and hope to get a win up there.”