Milano drops second straight district contest
The Eagles dropped to 1-2 in league play and 5-2 overall after a 28-6 road loss to Bartlett (5-2, 2-1) Friday night.
"They are a very good team and well coached," Milano head coach Craig Jentsch said of Bartlett. "They have a good offensive scheme and utilize their talents."
Those talents include quarterback Gabriel Gadison and running back Eric Walker who together tallied 287 ground yards and scored three of Bartlett's four touchdowns on the night against Milano. The Bulldogs had 371 yards of total offense.
"The score doesn't represent how t he game rea lly went," Jentsch said. "It could have been a different a much different ball game." Milano drove to the Bulldogs' 12 but couldn't score and had a 96 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter called back on a penalty.
Bartlett scored from its first play of scrimmage on a 59 yard run by Walker. Leonard Hinojosa ran in for a three yard score on Bartlett's second possession, putting the Bulldogs up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Milano's Sam Walker finally got the Eagles on the score board with a 20 yard run up the middle with 4:31 left in the half. The senior back had 11 carries for 68 yards on the night.
Bartlett would score in each of the last two quarters on runs by speedy Gadison of 12 and 22.
"Our kids played hard and did exceptionally well. They gave great effort on both sides of the ball," Jentsch said. "We did a lot of good things and some things we are going to fix this week."
Milano was bit by the flu bug as well last week. With illness and injuries, the Eagles had just 20 players suited up against Bartlett.
"If everyone stays healthy and grades hold true, we should suit up 25 this week," Jentsch said.
Milano's hopes for the postseason lie in victories over its last two opponents.
The Eagles will hit the road for their last regular season game on Friday when they travel face Holland. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Milano will then host Thrall on Nov. 6.
If the Eagles win at Holland and Thrall loses to Bartlett on Friday night, then Milano and Thrall will be playing each other for that final playoff spot in District 26-A.
Thorndale has secured a playoff spot and can claim at least a share of the district title with a win at Granger Friday night. Bartlett will secure the second postseason slot with a win over Thrall.
"They look a lot like us. They play hard and the two teams have been district competitors for a long time," Jentsch said of Holland. "The coaching staff over their will have them ready to play."
Holland's playoff hopes were blown in their 42-25 loss at the hands of Granger last week. It was Granger's first victory of the season. After facing Milano on Friday, the Hornets will finish their season at Thorndale on Nov. 6.
Holland has talent at running back and receiver positions. Ronny Allen's Hornets look to signal caller Mike Cockerill, back Chance Brantner (5-8, 160) and receivers Sam Goodnight and Gabe Camacho.
"Their quarterback makes good decisions with the ball. Their running back has good vision and cut up the field and is fast," Jentsch said. "I know they'll be ready for us, but I feel our kids will rise up to the occasion."
Holland hasn't had a winning record since going 8-3 in 1998.
Milano's junior high team shut out Bartlett 20-0 on Thursday at Pruitt Field.
Justin Grimes intercepted a Bulldog pass and returned it 60 for a touchdown. Tyson Arledge ran in for the two-point conversion.
Chance Pack had a 55 yard score and Arledge ran in for a seven yard touchdown to round out Milano's scoring.
Arledge and Pack also had fumble recoveries, while Tyler Blake caused a fumble.
MJH coaches listed Kody Love, Justin Hall and Tyler Prazak as offensive standouts. Grimes, Pack and Benny Grosshans graded out as best on defense.
Special team players having impressive games included Alex Martin, Sabian Pugh and Tyde Taylor.
The rushing list
With his 161 yard rushing effort against Bartlett, Matthew Jentsch surpassed the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the season.
He now has 139 carries for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also is the team's leading passer, completing 13 of 47 passes for 184 yards and three scores.
Jentsch joins just two other Milano players who have surpassed 1,000 yards during a single season in the last decade.
In 2000, then junior Brandon Moore put up school record numbers for both rushing and passing during the Eagles' district championship run.
Moore tallied 1,587 yards on the ground and 1,310 in the air during Milano's 9-1 season.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Milano lost to High Island in the area round of the playoffs.
Chad Burgess also reached the 1,000 mark on the ground and in the air during his senior season in 2007.
He rushed for 1,580 yards and threw for 1,205. That was the same season Milano beat Thorndale for the first time in 70 years and got the school's first ever postseason victory in the bidistrict
round over Leakey.
Chili supper Nov. 6
Members of the Milano Athletic Booster Club will hold a chili supper at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, prior to the Eagles home football game against the Thrall Tigers.
The supper will be held in the Milano Junior-High Cafeteria and will include "chili and all the fixings, tea and dessert, according to Karen Gray, publicist.