Milton Academy Football
by James Wang on Friday, November 11th, 2011
Coming off a strong victory against Rivers, the Mustangs sought to upset an undefeated Belmont Hill team. Rain poured all afternoon and the wind was fierce, but the Mustangs came out ready to play some tough football.On its first drive, Belmont Hill broke out for long run, but safety Otis Handy (I) came from behind to cause a fumble right before the ball made it into the end-zone. Throughout the game, Belmont Hill fumbled countless times, giving the Mustangs great field position; however, the offense could not produce any momentum, as play after play, Belmont Hill stuffed the Mustangs at the line of scrimmage.
Late in the second quarter, with the gamed tied at 3, faulty defense by Milton led to a pass up the seam, resulting in a Belmont Hill touchdown and a 10-3 halftime lead. The entire second half, the Mustangs shutout Belmont Hill, but still could not gain any offensive rhythm. Late in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs got the ball deep in their own territory. Faced with a 4th and 5 situation, Anthony Scurto (III) came up inches short of the first down marker, ending the Mustang’s chances to tie up the game.
The following game against Governor’s Academy seemed to be the pinnacle during the Mustangs’ season.
The game started off well for the Mustangs. A nice defensive stop led to a successful drive down field, but Milton could only come away with a field goal. Governors returned the next kickoff down to the 10-yard line. Governor’s fired a pass into the end-zone, but it was intercepted by Handy right on the one-yard line. Despite this impressive defensive effort, the offense had to take over on their own 1-yard line. Scurto was sacked in the end-zone for a safety. The defense played hard, but the offense was again unsuccessful during the first half. The only sign of life from the Mustangs offense was a touchdown by Drew Jacobs (II). However, the defense could not turn down Governors offense in the second half. The final score was 29-10.
Wide receiver Nick Bland (II) shares his thoughts about these two games: “We fought hard in both games and they were both great teams. Of course we would have loved the win but we proved to ourselves time and time again that we can play with the best of the ISL…Nobles is the game that will define our season.”
Fly the colors. Come and support the team one more time this year against Nobles this Saturday. Go Stangs!
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