Eagles soar to 2-0 with soggy road victory over DeLeon
"It was a big win, no doubt," Milano head coach Craig Jentsch said.
The win moved Milano to 2-0 on the year.
Kickoff was delayed 30 minutes as lighting and heavy rains lit up the sky.
The 322-mile round trip was well worth it, as the Eagles scored their first passing touchdown of the year and just the second in the past 13 games.
With 7:32 left in the first half, senior quar terback Matthew Jentsch hit junior Thomas Sanders on a third down pass and 32 yard score. The extra point attempt by Ryan Karl was good.
Milano kept the ball on the ground for most of the second half and it paid off.
Jentsch would score from one yard out with two and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter. The PAT attempt missed, but the Eagles remained on top 13-0.
"We were afraid we couldn't stop them, but we did," Coach Jentsch said. "They were as big as we expected, we just changed to a different defense against them this year."
It was a much better showing for the Eagles this time around with 190 total yards, 154 on the ground and 36 in the air.
In the 2008 meeting between the two teams, Milano was held to less than 100 total yards and was defeated 26-0.
DeLeon did manage to find the score board in the fourth.
The Bearcat defense blitzed on a Milano punt attempt, blocking the punt and DeLeon players landed on the loose ball in Milano's end zone. Their extra point attempt was successful and they cut the Eagles' lead to 13-7.
Milano would have to punt after getting the ball back and DeLeon was driving down the field.
For the second week in a row, senior Andrew Evans picked off a game saving pass with two and a half minutes in the game to seal the Eagle victory.
Matthew Jentsch led the way on the ground for Milano toting the ball 24 times for 148 yards and a score.
He was also the team's leading passer, sharing time with Sanders at quarterback, going two of 10 in the air for those 36 yards and touchdown.
Mila no's defense held t he Bearcats to just six first downs and 78 total yards of offense. All those came on the ground as DeLeon was 0 for 3 in the air. Jentsch led the Eagles with 22 tackles and Evans complimented him with 11.
Shawn Mullinnex had a blocked punt and both Dominique Messer and Chris Juhl had fumble recoveries.
Injuries and the bug
Injury and f lu kept four of Milano's starters off the field.
The team suited out just 24 players for Friday's matchup. Receiver Jaxson Robinson had the f lu all week and was not released to play. Lineman Anthony
Hall had a foot injury, but is expected to play this week.
Sophomore Jordan Melton is still out with a broken collar bone and junior Mayson Gibbons with
season-ending knee injury in the Eagles' opener against Waco Texas Christian last week.
Jentsch said with all those players out, he was pleased that the team made it through the DeLeon game with no injuries.
Milano will host Iola on Friday night in the team's home opener and the school's homecoming game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
It was this week last season that football games around the state were canceled or played early due to Hurricane Ike approaching the Texas coast. The teams met on a Thursday, with the Eagles winning 19-0.
The Bulldogs (1-1) are looking for their second win of the season, as they beat Bryan St. Joseph in the season opener.
Last week Iola was beaten by Bartlett, a member of Milano's district, 20-8.
After a 1-9 season in 2008, Coach Roddy McDougald (in his second year at the helm in Iola) will look to sophomore quarterback Bryan Bradford and senior wide receiver Justin Fairbanks, along with running back Chris Ebers to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.
Iola is picked to finish last in District 22A by Texas Football. They return seven offensive and
ve defensive starters along with 30 lettermen from last year's squad.
EAGLE TALONS—Milano will hold its annual homecoming bonfire and pep rally at 7 p.m. Thursday in front of the high school. The 2009 MHS homecoming queen will be crowned during halftime ceremonies of
the football game. Nominees are 204526A01
seniors Chelsey Burgess, Christin Catalina, Maryssa Morgan and Madison Simpson.