Undefeated Varsity Football Kicks Off Season
by Anthony Scurto on Friday, October 11th, 2013
With a compelling win over Lawrence Academy this past weekend, the Milton Academy Varsity Football Team moves to 3-0 through the early part of the season. The Mustangs started off the season with a thrilling victory over St. Sebastian’s, a team that has defeated the Mustangs in the past two seasons. With quarterback Anthony Scurto (I) and running back Drew Jacobs (I) forming a solid tandem in the backfield, the Mustangs have had a potent offensive attack. A few weeks ago, the Stangs traveled to St. George’s to play the struggling team, taking care of business in Newport with a convincing 43-8 win over the Dragons. Last weekend, the Mustangs rode clutch play from their defense to a 38-20 win over rival and perennial powerhouse, Lawrence Academy.
Coming into this season, this squad faced some lingering questions. However, there was no question that two-time All-ISL running back Drew Jacobs would have another great season to cap off an illustrious career in the blue and orange. Jacobs, who is known for his hard-nosed running style has become a staple in the Mustangs offense. The offense also returned quarterback Anthony Scurto (I), center DJ Gopie (I) and guard Mike Cronin (I), all of whom were part of an offense that put up over 33 points per game the year before. However, the wide receiving core returns a unit that had only 2 varsity-level receptions last year, a definite focal point of concern. Jack Urquhart has settled into his role as the elder statesman of the unit, while Dominic Cozier (III) and Jeffrey Brown (II) have both provided Milton with big play potential in the vertical passing game, something that has been missing from the offense over the past two seasons. “Jeff Brown has used his height and build, while Cozier has used his speed to make plays,” says one Mustangs player. Look for the offense to keep improving throughout the season as the chemistry keeps growing from week to week.
The defense returned multiple starters, including linebacker trio Sean Sylva (I), Matt Morin (I), and Luke Macdonald (I). Macdonald came up clutch when he intercepted a pass to seal the Sebs victory. Nelson Thomas (I) returns to roam the secondary once again, and Jack Cahill (I) continues to play well at the cornerback position, coming up with a clutch interception returned for a 70-yard touchdown to seal the win over Lawrence. The biggest acquisition, however, has been freshman Mike Silva, who has played solid defense alongside Cahill. The other corner position has been a place where the Mustangs have struggled, and it certainly appears that Silva has finally sealed up that hole. This team has every chance to put up some great numbers and a lot of wins. Expect them to be playing late into November.
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