When Milford traveled down to Woodbridge this past Friday evening, both Henlopen South teams were sporting identical 7-0 records. By the time the final whistle sounded, it was clear that the Buccaneers had a lot of work left to do. Milford would find themselves on the wrong end of a 39-8 score, searching for answers.
It was clear from the start that Woodbridge was going to present a challenge for the Bucs, demonstrating on their first drive what most people already knew about them. On third and long, sophomore Jamon Kane would take the ball outside and did not stop until hitting pay dirt 65 yards later handing the hosts a quick 6-0 advantage. Although a Milford player was in position to make they play, it just did not happen. It was a theme that would be repeated throughout the first half.
The Buccaneers moved the ball into Woodbridge territory on their next possession but failed to capitalize as a key dropped pass on third down would force them to punt. From there Woodbridge began to take control of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Time and again Milford would have chances to stop them, but repeatedly the Buccaneers could not come up with the key stop that they needed. They also had a few dropped passes, all of it leading to what would be an ugly second quarter for Milford.
“We missed plays, we did, we had shots,” coach Shaun Strickland stated. “I’ll put that squarely on us, we told them all this week it was all about execution. When you watch a team execute to perfection like Woodbridge and you watch us struggle, that’s what happens.”
It was the execution of Woodbridge that would prove Milford’s undoing. In the second quarter it all went right for the Blue Raiders and all wrong for the Buccaneers. Even when the Woodbridge receivers appeared to be covered, the ball always found its way into their hands. Even when Milford punted and appeared to have Antwain Holden bracketed, the Woodbridge senior proved to be too elusive for the Milford coverage unit. By the time the first half carnage had concluded, Milford found themselves on the wrong end of a 33-0 score.
Milford would finally get on the board coming out of the locker room. Senior William Kimmel would connect on a 70 yard catch and run with fellow upper classmen Brion Murray. It was the start of a big second half for Murray, who would record two interceptions. Unfortunately for Milford however, even though they were able to force three Woodbridge turnovers, they could do nothing more on offense the rest of the game.
With the running game bottled up all night by Woodbridge, Kimmel rapidly became a sitting duck in the pocket. Milford would have their chance, but just could no connect. Woodbridge on the other hand was more than happy to put their running game on display. Using up huge pieces of clock as the third quarter turned into the fourth, time was running out for the Buccaneers. Kimmel would eventually be pulled after twisting an ankle, with junior Marcus Correa finishing up the game behind center.
The loss dropped Milford’s record to 7-1, all but ending their aspirations for the Henlopen South title. It is a tough pill, but Milford needs to reset and refocus as a very hot 6-2 Delmar team is headed to Briggs stadium this Friday. While a loss to Delmar would most likely not derail their playoff chances, it would most certainly force any playoff game they might have to be played on the road.
“I think we playback this game in our mind and we don’t want to go through this feeling again,” Strickland stated. “We need to come out fired up, knowing that its the seniors last game. It may very well be their last night in Briggs stadium.” Strickland stated.
Kickoff is set for 7:30.
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