Putting a Leash on the Dog
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 16th, 2012
This past weekend, Milton and Nobles sports teams gathered at Nobles in an attempt to answer a crucial question: who is better, the Mustangs or the Bulldogs? Flocks of spectators, coaches, and players funneled in and out of the Nobles campus in order to catch some of the action. Although Nobles had home-field advantage and a large student spirit group called the “Dawg Pound,” Milton answered with fan buses of their own rolling in throughout the day, and, much to Milton’s credit, it seemed that the amount of supporters from both schools was relatively even.
Girls Varsity Soccer had been heavily anticipating their game against Nobles. The team came mentally and physically prepared for what they knew would be a challenging match up. They fought hard, and put in an imperative goal early on in the game. Shay Quintin (IV) believes that “Nobles had a solid and determined team, but Milton just wanted the win more.” Milton added another goal later in the game to secure a victory for the ‘Stangs.
Similar to the Boys Varsity Soccer team, Girls Varsity Soccer was ready to face Nobles. The game was extremely intense, according to many girls on the team. Niki Young (III) noted that “both teams tried really hard, which lead to a very exciting game.” Nobles scored the first goal, but Milton retaliated with two. Milton had a lead of 2-1 going into the second half, but unfortunately, they allowed a lucky Nobles shot to dribble to the back of the net. With a score of 2-2, the two teams fought hard for victory until the final whistle, but time proved to be both squads’ worst enemy, and the match ended in a draw.
Varsity Field Hockey knew that Nobles would be among their toughest competitors, but the team was able to put that aside and focus on the game itself. Captains Ali Gendron (I) and Ale Gianino (I) helped keep the team focused and ready for the challenge. After Nobles’ first goal, the Milton girls remained positive. “You could tell that everyone on the team wanted [to win] so badly,” said Juliet McCann (III). Unfortunately, Nobles slipped two more goals in, and the game ended with a score of 3-0. Mr. Darling said that “We turned it up to the third gear, but Nobles just turned it up to the fourth;” Coach Carr, the Field Hockey coach, agreed. Regardless, the MAFH deserves a tip of the hat for hard-fought games and an impressive season overall.
Coming off an exciting and strong season, the Boys Varsity Football team came in to Nobles day focused on one thing: beating the bulldogs. “The whole team was really pumped before and after the game,” said Bobby Gilmore (III), and the crowd could feel that enthusiasm as Drew Jacobs (II) ran his first carry into the end zone. He would score three more before completing the rout of the rival bulldogs. The team played gritty, mistake-free football, immediately racking up points on the scoreboard for Milton’s thrilled fans. The final score was a whopping victory of 49-7 for the ‘Stangs.
After a solid performance at Nobles day, Milton athletes must now focus on the future as they prepare to face Nobles yet again in winter sports. Go ‘Stangs!
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