By Kevin Eickman
Heading into this past Friday night’s road game against Seaford, there was little doubt that the Buccaneers should come away with an easy win. While Milford would eventually come away with the 52-8 victory, the Buccaneers did not start quite as quickly as most people thought. Looking a bit lethargic from the opening kick, it would take a while for the Buccaneers to get things going. Once they did however, junior David Bowman would put on a show.
After turning over the ball on their very first play of the the game, Milford was able to hold Seaford and eventually work their way down to the Seaford 25 yard line. After a penalty set Milford back to the Seaford 38, Milford would get on the board as Bowman scored the first of his four touchdowns of the evening.
With the two point conversion, Milford was off to an 8-0 lead with 4:18 left in the first quarter. The Blue Jays completed a big pass deep into Buccaneer territory on their next possession, although the Milford defense stiffened and took possession of the ball on their own 30 yard line. From there it was as if an alarm clock had gone off and Milford was now wide awake. Milford drove the 70 yards, capped by two monster runs from senior Dominyc Hovington. The last one saw Hovington travel 32 yards with several Blue Jays along for the ride. Milford held a 14-0 lead with 9:50 remaining in the half. While nobody knew it at the time, a storm was about to hit.
On the first play of Seaford’s next offensive play, Milford forced and recovered a fumble, setting up shop deep in Seaford territory. Milford senior quarterback William Kimmel took little time taking advantage of the gift, connecting with senior tight end Ryan Jones for a 25 yard touchdown pass. With the two-point conversion, Milford was up 22-0 with plenty of time left in the first half.
“While we may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start, once the guys got rolling they were in complete control,” coach Shaun Strickland stated. “There is no doubt we didn’t want to begin like that, but give credit to the guys, they picked it up.”
Milford forced a Seaford punt and that is when it happened. Bowman picked up the ball at his own 15 yard line and started up field. Along the way he broke tackles and possibly a few ankles as he returned the punt 85 electrifying yards for his first touchdown on a punt return this season. “I really haven’t had a great season returning punts, so it felt great to finally take one to the house,” Bowman stated. Milford had extended their lead to 28-0 and was looking for more with over 4:00 remaining in the half.
With time winding down in the half, Kimmel would connect with senior Brion Murray on a 35 yard touchdown strike. On the play, Murray made an adjustment on the ball and was able to secure it and score the touchdown thanks to his effort. “I just came back to it and knew that I was going to get to it before the defender, it was fun to make a play like that.” When Murray was asked about Bowman’s big night and how he felt by contributing with another big night of blocking, he said, “When DJ has the ball you better block, because he just doesn’t give up.”
Starting the half with a 36-0 lead and a running clock it was just a matter of how much Milford would win by. Bowman scored two more touchdowns to close out his night, giving Milford their 52 points. Speaking with Bowman, he tipped his cap to his offensive line, “When those guys do the kind of work they did tonight, it makes scoring easy,” Bowman stated.
With the season now at the halfway mark, Milford is sitting at 5-0 with some big challenges ahead. Starting this Friday night they host an Indian River team that celebrated a Homecoming victory down at IR last season. Milford is hoping to return the favor as they will be celebrating Homecoming this Friday as well. “This is a Henlopen South game and a Homecoming game against a real good opponent that beat us last season,” Strickland stated. “These are the kind of games you live for, this is what Friday night is all about.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30, with the Homecoming parade preceding the game.
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