Milton Academy Football
by James Wang on Friday, October 28th, 2011
Coming off of an upsetting loss against St. Sebastian’s, the Mustangs looked to take down the ISL powerhouse, BB&N. Prior to the season, BB&N was ranked 5th in Massachusetts high schools. With a misleading record of 1-2, BB&N was looking to pull their season back together. However, despite their record, the Mustangs still considered themselves underdogs in the game. Milton looked to improve their record to 3-1 with a victory over the Knights.
Gaining the first possession in the game, the Mustangs drove down the field little by little using explosive back, Drew Jacobs (III) and shifty quarterback Anthony Scurto (III). On the BB&N 30 yard-line, Scurto ran for a nice pickup, but an illegal block on the Mustangs erased the run and pushed the line of scrimmage back 10 yards. The penalty stalled the drive as the Mustangs were unable to score on the opening drive. BB&N came out with an offense that featured two 275 pound lineman, both of whom have already committed to Division One schools.
The Knights drove down the field and scored a quick touchdown. Following their opponent’s score, the Mustangs could not seem to find a rhythm on offense.
The wide receivers were unable to get separation from the cornerbacks and the line was unable to block well against their big boys. The final score of the game was 23-0 in the Knights favor. “Well, they were obviously bigger and I think we weren’t quite prepared for them during the first half. But in the second half, we sucked it up and showed we were tough and could hang with them any day,” said Henry Hays (II).
This past weekend, the Mustangs drove up to Rivers School, not only looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses, but to get revenge. Last year, the Mustangs played Rivers at Milton High under the lights. Rivers scored 70 points and still tried to run up the score late in the fourth quarter. This year, the game could not have started off any better. Rivers kicked off to Drew Jacobs, who ran right down their throats, scoring on the opening kickoff. Rivers was devastated. Their first possession resulted in a three and out.
However, on Milton’s first offensive play, Scurto threw an interception. Rejuvenated, Rivers stormed down the field and scored. After a little back and forth action, the Mustangs ran down the field with Jacobs and Scurto. From 25 yards out, Drew veered left and right, ultimately getting into the end zone, making the score 14-7. The Mustangs added a field goal to make the score 17-14 at halftime.
The second half was an entirely different game. Coming out on defense, the Mustangs gave Rivers little to work with. Milton controlled the ball for the majority of the half. Drew Jacobs scored two more touchdowns and Ryan Rizzo (II) scored a touchdown as well. The defense held Rivers to zero points in the second half.
The Mustangs have a challenging game against Belmont Hill this weekend. The Milton-Belmont Hill game always proves to be a good contest, and the team will need all the encouragement they can get. Come support the team this Saturday at Stokinger Field!
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