Football Hopes to Continue Winning Ways
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Due to its electric start to the season, Milton Academy Football is much more popular this year compared to years past. Despite losses to St. Sebs and BB&N, these Mustangs have made a lot of noise this fall.
Captain, Linebacker, and Fullback John Oda-Gallagher (I) described Milton’s 38-15 win against Rivers as “a really important game, because it ended a 2 game losing streak that was really pulling our team down. It was really good to play a team that we could physically dominate to get our spirits up since our next 3 games are against very skilled and strong teams and, of course, we have Nobles Day, which is always an exciting game. It was a really good start to the second half of the season. It was really good to shift to a positive direction.”
In regards to playing under the lights twice this season, Oda-Gallagher described the feeling as “a blessing. It is a really great feeling to step on a nice field under the lights, especially with a big crowd cheering you on. The feeling is exhilarating.”
Several players have stepped up for the team this year, including Nelson Thomas (II) on defense. He makes key plays each game, most notably during the last play of the Lawrence game. “He really brings the pain on every hit,” Oda-Gallagher said, praising his fellow teammate.
Oda-Gallagher also singled out another junior. “Peter Graves (II) has also been playing very well as a first-year Varsity player after coming off from a hip injury. I mean, he won the Axeman Award (given to the top defensive player in a game) for the Rivers Game.”
Unfortunately, senior James Oliver (I), a presence on and off the field, has been sidelined with a knee injury. Oliver missed the entire football season last year with a similar injury, and has worked hard to recover from his injury and play this year. “Jolly has been playing really well for us this year, and it sucks to see him sustain an injury especially after missing the entire season last year,” said Oda-Gallagher.
On a positive note, Milton was able to pull off a huge win against Belmont Hill this past weekend. The historically physical Belmont Hill team seemed to get a taste of their own medicine, and the Mustangs added a resounding 40-10 win to their resurgent season. Riding a hot streak, the squad’s next game, against a strong Governor’s team that has not been beaten for two seasons, is Friday at three o’clock. The players are counting on Milton’s fans to attend in large numbers.
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