Football Eyes Bowl Game
by Neel Taneja on Friday, November 8th, 2013
After a 24–14 victory against Middlesex, the Milton Academy Football Team stands at the top of the ISL with a record of 7–0. Since the very first day of practice, the football team knew it had a remarkable season ahead of them. As quarterback Anthony Scurto (I) stated, “We definitely had high expectations coming into the season with so many talented players.” Not only is talent present on this year’s squad but also excellent leadership in captains Drew Jacobs (I), Anthony Scurto (I), and Nelson Thomas (I). When watching the team practice, it’s easy to notice the passionate, supportive coaches and the camaraderie among the players. The captains have instilled a positive mentality in the team since the very start, and it is clear that this atmosphere has played an essential role in the team’s success.
The team’s season started off with a showdown against St Sebastian’s, a team that has dominated the Independent School League for the past few years. Milton fell behind early as the offense struggled to generate any sort of scoring drive. However, running back Drew Jacobs, who finished with over 100 yards on the day, sparked the Milton offense in the second half, leading the team to a 31 – 27 victory. After a dominating win at St Georges to move to 2 – 0, the team faced a solid Lawrence Academy squad. Once again, the opposing defense was no match for Jacobs, who rushed for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The team carried this momentum and a 5 – 0 record into a recent matchup against perennial powerhouse and reigning ISL champion Governor’s Academy, who previoiusly had won 23 straight games, a winning streak that dated back to 2010. According to Justin “Boot” Yoon (II), the team’s kicker, “The team knew that the Gov’s game was going to be the toughest of the season… [and] worked very hard all week.” The effort during that week’s practice definitely showed during the highly-anticipated game; Milton’s offense dominated the entire game, and the defense had its best game of the season, yielding just 14 points.
Although the team is filled with battle-tested seniors, contributions by newcomers Domenic Cozier (III) and Mike Silva (IV) have been essential. Both players have made important plays throughout the season and will look to build upon solid seasons next year. In addition, Justin Yoon (II) has been his typical, consistent self and has had a vital impact on every game thus far.
It has been a refreshing season for the football team, definite improvement from a 5 – 3 season last year. With the Nobles game in sight, a win will mean the chance to represent the ISL in one of the four NEPSAC bowl games. Coach Mac recently said, “We hope to be placed in a Class A or B Bowl.” As they close in on an undefeated season and a bowl game in the possible future, the Varsity Football Team looks forward to a bright future.
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