After a week off, Eagles glide past old rival Iola

Milano feels no effects of layoff in homecoming contest
Reporter Staff Writer

Senior quarterback  Thomas Sanders (8) ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Iola Friday night. Reporter/ Marie Bakken Senior quarterback Thomas Sanders (8) ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Iola Friday night. Reporter/ Marie Bakken MIL A NO –A f ter hav ing an unexpected week off on Sept. 3 due to a cancellation by Huntsville’s Alpha Omega Academy, the Milano Eagles were able to pull together and nab a 27-8 homecoming victory over Iola on Friday night at Pruett Field.

Milano’s Jordan Melton would take off for a 33-yard score just three minutes into the ball game, but had it called back on a holding penalty.

Melton would get his score after all when he’d find an opening on the left side and scurry in for a seven yard score. The extra point kick by John Jentsch put the Eagles up 7-0 with 7:59 to go in the half.

The visiting Bulldogs would answer with a march down the field of their own, eating up much of the clock.

Iola senior back Cameron Robinson would punch it in from three yards out and also run in the two-point conversion to put his team up 8-7.

The Bulldogs would take the one-point advantage to the locker room at half time.

“The whole first half we weren’t very focused,” second year Milano head coach Craig Jentsch said. “The kids came out and played the second half like we thought they should have the entire game.”

Milano came out in the second half with more intensity and were ready to play. Behind three rushing touchdowns by senior quarterback Thomas Sanders, the Eagles would tally up 20 unanswered points to take the 27-8 victory.

Sanders scored on runs of 3, 9 and 20.

Place kicker John Jentsch was three of four on extra points, but missed an 18-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter.

Milano would total 395 yards of offense, 362 rushing and 33 in the air.

“I don’t know if they were feeling sorry for themselves or what in the first half, but our kids did a great job of coming back and doing what we asked of them,” Jentsch said. “They were patient about following their blocks and waiting on the play to develop and executing.”

By the numbers

The Eagles utilized more of its ground game against Iola. Sanders led the team in rushing with 183 yards on 20 carries. Melton had 54 yards on four totes, while Chris Juhl carried the ball nine times for 40 yards.

Iola’s Robinson was his team’s leading rusher with 88 yards on 18 carries. The team would record just 143 yards of total offense.

Sanders was 5 of 10 passing for 33 yards, but was picked off in the Iola end zone early in the first quarter.

Toby Sanders was the Eagles’ top receiver with two catches for 22 yards.

Dominique Messer led the team in tackles for the second straight game, with nine. Senior Mayson Gibbons had nine wrap ups as well.

The Eagles defense would pick off Bulldog junior quarterback Bryan Bradford twice with interceptions by Messer (his second in as many games) and Melton.

Scouting Giddings St.

Milano will play a day earlier this week when they host the Giddings State School Indians on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Pruett Field.

“They are always athletic and fast and you never know what to expect from them,” Jentsch said. “They show some abnormal formations that make our kids really have to think about who to block.”

This will be the Indians first game of the season.

Milano shut out Giddings St. 38-0 in 2009.

The junior varsity squad for Milano is 3-0 on the season after defeating Iola 26-12 on Sept. 9.

The JV will not play a game.

Iola Milano
12 First downs 24
28-111 Rushing 44-362
5-12-2 Passing 5-11-1
32 Passing yards 33
143 Total yards 395
3-23.7 Punts 0-0
0-0 Fumbles 1-0
2-20 Penalties 5-45
Score by quarters
Iola 0 8 0 0—8
Milano 0 7 14 6—27
Scoring summary
Second quarter
MILANO—Jordan Melton 7 run (John
Jentsch kick) 7:59
IOLA—Cameron Robinson 3 run (Robins
run) 1:19 on
Third quarter
MILANO—Thomas Sanders 3 run (Jentsch
kick) 9:02
MILANO—Sanders 9 run (Jentsch kick)
Fourth quarter
MILANO—Sanders 20 run (kick blocked)
Milano leaders
RUSHING—Sanders 20-183 3TD; Melton
4-54 1TD; Chris Juhl 9-40; Mayson Gibb
ons 3 -35; C hance P ack 4 -19; A ustin
Turner 2-19; Jaxson Robinson 2-12.
PASSING—Sanders 5-10 -1 33 yards;
Robinson 0-1-0 0 yards.
RECEIVING—Toby Sanders 2-22; Terry
Gelner 1- 8 ; Melton 1-2; Dominique
Messer 1-1.
TACKLES—Messer 9, Mayson Gibbons
9, Juhl 8, Shawn Mullinnix 7.

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