Traveling up to Red Lion Christian Academy on a hot and sticky Friday night, Milford opened the season with a resounding 64-0 victory over their hosts. As the score would indicate, the game was little challenge for a Buccaneers team that is looking to improve after going 6-4 last season and just missing out on the playoffs.
Things looked to be off to a fast start for the Buccaneers as they appeared to connect on a long touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage. Unfortunately for Milford the play would be called back due to a penalty. It would be the last mistake the Bucs would make for quite some time. What followed would be a flawless drive featuring a diverse attack which culminated in a 21 yard touchdown for sophomore Rahshawn Price. The two point conversion would make it 8-0 with 9:21 remaining in the first quarter. Things never improved for Red Lion as they failed to record a first down against the Buccaneers. Comparing Price from last season to this, it is clear that he is much improved and looks to be a key player for the Buccaneers this season. “Rahshawn really put in the work over the summer and the improvement is obvious. He is much stronger and faster and his ability to hit the holes is vastly improved,” Buccaneer head coach Shaun Strickland stated.
The next time Milford had the ball, senior quarterback William Kimmel threw the ball out in the flat to junior wide receiver Marcus Correa. Correa used his muscular 6′ 4” frame to out position the Red Lion defender who had jumped the route, coming down with the ball and a whole lot of real estate in front of him. In an instant Correa was off to the races and did not stop until he found pay dirt 40 yards later. As Milford did all game, they would go for two and convert the attempt, doubling their lead to 16-0 with 5:26 still to go in the opening stanza. Speaking with Milford Strickland about the pass, he was happy with how it turned out. “Even though the defensive player sniffed it out, Kimmel had the arm to get it there and Marcus had the strength and body position to come down with the ball and make the play,” he said.
Things would go from bad to worse for Red Lion as they would fumble on their next possession, allowing Milford to set up shop on the host’s 21 yard line. It would take exactly one play for junior David Bowman to gobble up the 21 yards to the goal line and record his first touchdown of the season. Bowman would carry in the two point conversion, upping the advantage to 24-0 with 5:01 still remaining in the first quarter.
Milford would close out the first quarter scoring as Kimmel would take it in from one yard and Price would pound home the two point conversion, with 52 seconds left before the end of the quarter. When asked about the quick start, Strickland indicated that it was expected. “We felt we were ready for this game and the first quarter indicated it. There were no surprises and guys did their jobs, just like they were supposed to,” said Strickland.
Senior Dominyc Hovington would get into the act in the second quarter scoring from six yards out, while Bowman would close out the first half scoring with a touchdown of his own. When the dust settled, Milford was leading 48-0 and the clock would be running for the rest of the game.
The second half would see more of the same, with Hovington adding a 17 yard touchdown run and junior Tyreke Benson catching a 12 yard pass from Kimmel to close out the scoring. While the defense was stifling all evening, there was a spectacular interception turned in by senior Christopher Sampson that would be the lone pick-off of the evening for Milford.
Tough Challenges Awaits
While Milford was happy with the victory, they understood that this was just one step in a journey that they hope leads to a State playoff birth. Up next for the Buccaneers is a home game against Delaware Military Academy, a team that has had the Buccaneers’ number the last three seasons. Traveling up to Baynard last season, DMA handed the Buccaneers’ a twenty point loss, their largest of the year. It is a game that has stuck in the memory of Strickland and the rest of the Buccaneers. “They beat us last year, they are a strong team, a playoff team that does a lot of things to challenge you,” Strickland stated. “Make no mistake, they are going to come down looking for a win and we are going to have to bring our A game if we even hope to have a chance.”
Fridays game is slated for a 7:30pm kick, with Hall of Fame festivities slated to take place at halftime.