Eagles look to the stars in season opening win

Reporter Staff Writer

Thomas Sanders had a successful  debut as starting quarterback, rolling out for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed for 90 yards and two more scores. Reporter/ Marie Bakken Thomas Sanders had a successful debut as starting quarterback, rolling out for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed for 90 yards and two more scores. Reporter/ Marie Bakken MILANO—The Eagle football team tallied up 428 yards in total offense in its 2010 season opening win against the Waco Texas Christian Academy Stars Friday night at Pruett Field.

It marks the fifth year in a row that Milano has defeated the Stars.

The Eagles scored twice each on the ground and through the air. Senior quarterback Thomas Sanders ran for touchdowns of 54 and one and hit fellow senior receiver Alton Bryant for the other two scores on catches of 35 and 11.

Milano head coach Craig Jentsch, in his second year at the helm, said that despite the win, there is plenty to work on.

“We’ve got to work on taking care of the ball. There were some missed blocking assignments and we are going to work more on special teams,” Jentsch said.

The Eagles fumbled the ball three times, losing two of them. The Stars did the same.

TCA was able to put up 375 yards against Milano’s defense, something else Jentsch said would be worked on.

On the bright side of things, Jentsch said he did see heart in his players.

“We saw a lot of effort and they tried extremely hard,” Jentsch said.

The Stars led by one at the end of the first quarter but Milano was able to bounce back on the first of Sanders’ running scores.

Three different Eagles picked off a Stars pass on the night. Sanders, Bryant and Chris Juhl all had interceptions.

Bryant’s came at the Milano two yard line on what could have been a touchdown pass for TCA.

Shawn Mullinnix and Austin Turner each recovered a Stars fumble on the night.

Sophomore Dominique Messer led the team in tackles with seven solo, three assists and one caused fumble. Mayson Gibbons and John Jentsch had seven tackles each. Jentsch also had a sack on the night.

Sanders lead the team in rushing and passing with 246 yards on the ground on 13 carries and 90 yards in the air, connecting on six of his 12 passes. Jaxson Robinson would also throw for 35 yards. Juhl added to the Eagles’ rushing yards with 49 on 11 totes.

Bryant led the receiving corp with three catches for 59 yards. Messer had two snags for 35 yards. Jordan Melton and Jaxson Robinson had one catch apiece, Melton for 24 and Robinson for 11.

Overall, Coach Jentsch thought the Stars were a good challenge for his Eagle squad.

“Four or five of their (TCA) players were as good as we will see in the Burton and Bartlett games this season,” he said. for them.”

Junior varsity

Milano’s junior varsity team started their season off on Aug. 26 with a 19-0 win over Rockdale’s freshmen “B” team.

The JV will travel to Jarrell on Thursday to play the Cougars at 6 p.m.

District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Milano 0 0 1 0 27 17
Bartlett 0 0 0 1 14 33
Holland 0 0 0 1 14 21
Burton 0 0 1 0 47 44
Snook 0 0 0 1 0 46
Granger 0 0 0 1 14 27
This week—Milano vs. Alpha-Omega
Academy (Huntsville), Bartlett vs. Jarrell,
Burton vs. Somerville, Granger vs. Moody,
Holland vs. Florence, Snook at Brazos
Last week—Milano 27, Waco TCA
17; Meridian 33, Bartlett 14; Burton
47, Weimar 44; Moody 21, Holland 14;
Johnson City 27, Granger 14; Riesel 46,
Snook 0.

TCA Milano
15 First downs 12
27-165 Rushing 30-303
12-26-3 Passing 8-16-0
210 Passing yards 125
375 Total yards 428
0-0 Punts 3-26
3-2 Fumbles 3-2
4-20 Penalties 7-85
Score by quarters
Waco-TCA 7 0 3 7—17
Milano 6 14 0 7—27
Scoring summary
First quarter
MILANO—Alton Bryant 35 pass from
Thomas Sanders (kick failed) 3:29
TCA—Donovan Haynes 1 run (Caleb
Seibert kick) 0:47
Second quarter
MILANO—Sanders 54 run (Sanders run)
MILANO—Sanders 1 run (kick blocked)
Third quarter
TCA—Seibert 37 field goal 2:23
Fourth quarter
MILANO—Bryant 11 pass from Sanders
(John Jentsch kick) 11:10
TCA—Xavier Denton 23 pass from Noah
Wible (Seibert kick) 6:03
Milano leaders
RUSHING—Sanders 13-246 2TD; Juhl
PASSING—Sanders 6 -12- 0 90 yards
2TD; Jaxson Robinson 2-4-0 35 yards.
RECEIVING—Bryant 3-59 2TD; Messer
2-35; Jordan Melton 1-24; Robinson 1-11,
Mullinix 1-(-2).
TACKLES—Dominique Messer 10, Mays
on G ibbons 7 , J entsch 7.

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