Milano playoff hopes still alive after Holland rout
After a 41-13 romping of Holland on Friday night at Hornet Field, the Eagles will face Thrall this week and the victor will earn the third slot and final post season slot in District 26A.
The game is set for 8 p.m. Friday at Milano's Pruitt Field.
"Our goal was to make the postseason and be playing for something this last week," Jentsch said. "Our kids are excited and looking forward to this week's game. This is a great position to be in. They have responded well to the need to win."
It took Milano—6-2 overall and 2-2 in district—just seven snaps to put 21 points on the board in the first quarter.
Two plays after a Holland fumble on its own 47 yard line was recovered by younger brother John Jentsch, senior quarterback Matthew Jentsch sprinted down the right side line for a 47 yard score.
After the Hornets (2-7, 0-4) turned the ball over on downs, the very next play from scrimmage when Milano senior Sam Walker ran in for a 65 yard score.
Walker fumbled the ball at the Holland 30, but it bounced right back up into his arms and he ran in for the touchdown.
The Eagles put up another score in the second quarter, this time through the air. Matthew Jentsch hit a wide open Chris Juhl for a 24 yard score.
Juhl, a sophomore, saw much more playing time against Holland as junior starter Thomas Sanders (starter on both offense and defense) did not dress out for the game, but was on the sideline.
"Juhl is quick and an overall athlete," Jentsch said. "He can play any position and is not afraid of contact."
Holland finally got on the board with just under six minutes in the half when quarterback Mike Cockerill hit Gabriel Camacho for a 46 yard touchdown. At halftime, the Eagles led 27-7.
"We didn't get as much pressure on the quarterback as I would have liked," Jentsch said. "I don't know if we played any better defense than we did against Bartlett."
Milano put up two more rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, a 16 yarder by Juhl and 7 yard by Matthew Jentsch. Senior place kicker Ryan Karl was five of six on extra point attempts.
The Hornets ended the night's scoring with a nine yard run by Cockerill with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Jentsch finished as the night's top rusher with 177 yards on 15 carries, bringing his season total to 1,244 yards and 13 scores. Walker had an impressive game with 94 yards on 10 totes.
The Eagles had 364 yards of total offense against Holland.
Scouting Thrall Milano must defeat the visiting Tigers on Friday night to make it into the postseason. Both teams come in to the contest with 2-2 district records.
Thorndale has already sewn up the loop title and Class A Division I playoff spot and Bartlett will be the district's runner-up and the league's top seed into the Division II postseason.
Thrall is coming off a 42-26 loss to Bartlett last week. The Tigers were within two points of the Bulldogs until Bartlett scored two unanswered touchdowns in the last quarter.
Jentsch said that he and his staff have watched film and will adjust their defense accordingly to try and slow down Thrall.
"They do what they do well," Jentsch said of the Tigers' wing- T offense. "They are much like Granger and Thorndale in what we've seen and they can through a lot of misdirection out of it."
Thrall's offense is lead by backs Haydon Caffey and Michael Wells, along with quarterback Tucker Lovelace.
"The Caffey kid is really fast and Wells is a big kid and does a good job of blocking," Jentsch said. "Their offensive line is impressive and quick."
Last year the two teams were both out of playoff contention when they met, with Thrall winning the final game of the season 37-6.
For Milano's seniors, this could be the last game of their high school careers.
"Our seniors have been good leaders," Jentsch said. "They have continued to get the kids prepared and motivated."
Jentsch said that despite fighting injuries and the flu bug the last couple of weeks, Milano should be full force for its bout against Thrall.
At Holland, sophomore Jordan Melton saw his first playing time of the season after breaking a collar bone in the first week of two-a-day workouts.
No matter the outcome of Friday's game, Milano has already surpassed last season's district mark, going 0-5 in league play.
Milano's junior high game against Holland was canceled last week due to wet field conditions. The MJH Eagles will close out their season with a 5 p.m. Thursday game in Thrall.
Parents and senior students involved in football, volleyball, cross country, cheerleading and band will be recognized prior to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday on Pruitt Field.
|Score by quarters|
|Milano||21||6 14 0—41|
|Holland||0||7 0 6—13|
MILANO—Matthew Jentsch 47 run (Ryan
Karl kick) 10:57
MIL ANO—Jentsch 35 run (Karl kick)
MILANO—Sam Walker 65 run (Karl kick)
MILANO—Chris Juhl 24 pass from Jentsch
(kick failed) 7:17
HOLLAND—Gabriel Camacho 46 pass
from Mike Cockerill (Sam Cortez kick)
MILANO—Juhl 16 run (Karl kick) 8:20
MILANO—Jentsch 7 run (Karl kick) :27
HOLLAND—Cockerill 9 run (kick failed)
RUSHING—MIL ANO: Jentsch 15 -177
3TD; Walker 10-94 1TD; Juhl 8-29 1TD;
Jaxson Robinson 1-5, Jordan Melton 1-
3. HOLLAND: Brantner 13-51; Cockerill
PASSING—MILANO: Jentsch 3-5-1 56
yards 1TD. HOLLAND: Cockerill 11-18-0
136 yards 1TD.
RECEIVING—MILANO: Alton Bryant 1-
27; Juhl 1-24 1TD; Chase Ellison 1-5.
HOLLAND: Camacho 4-79 1TD; Justin
Hester 3-26; Cody Lankford 3-23, Brian
MILANO SEASON LEADERS
13TD, Walker 90-541, 7TD, Th.
Sanders 48-475, 4TD, Juhl 24-76,
1TD, Mullinnix 2-3, Robinson 1-5,
Melton 1-3, Bryant 1-1.
PASSING—Jentsch 16-52-4, 240
yards, 4TD, Th. Sanders 9-24-4, 81
3TD, Bryant 4-75, Juhl 3-46, 1TD,
Ellison 3-22, Robinson 2-14, Karl
1-10, Paniagua 1-10, Walker 2-8,
To. Sanders 1-7, 1TD.
TACKLES—Jentsch 100, Evans
54, Walker 42.