Eagles cure big city blues by dumping Del Valle JV
Milano (4-1) hit the road early last week with a Thursday night 39-14 victory over Class 5A Del Valle junior varsity at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles’ win was their last tune up before they begin District 13-A Division II this week at Burton.
Milano was supposed to be open during the Oct. 1 week but their second week game against Alpha Omega Academy out of Huntsv ille was cancelled by the opposing team and coaches scrambled to get their guys a full schedule.
Eagle coaches will take the win, but weren’t pleased with their team’s lack of enthusiasm.
“We came out f lat like we always do,” Eagles head coach Craig Jentsch said about his team. “I think they were taking the JV lightly and were in awe of the field.” Veterans Memorial Stadium seats 4,000 people.
Milano scored twice in the first quarter behind the legs of seniors Thomas Sanders and Mayson Gibbons. Sanders scored his first touchdown of the night from 12 yards out about midway through the first quarter and Gibbons scored from nine yards out with just over a minute left. It was the first time Gibbons had scored this season.
The point after attempt after Sanders’ score was good by John Jentsch, but the two-point conversion run after Gibbons’ score failed, leaving Milano up 13-0 after the first.
Sanders scored again from the 19 at the beginning of the second and the pass attempt failed, leaving the Eagles up 19-0.
The Cardinals would go down without a fight, catching Milano off guard.
Del Valle put up a 65 yard run and 10 yard passing scores with good PATs within four minutes to cut the Eagle lead to just five.
Sanders would hit his little brother Toby Sanders for an 11 yard score with 21 seconds left in the half.
Thomas wou ld hit Ja x son Robinson in the end zone for the two point conversion to send Milano into the locker room with a 27-14 lead.
The Eagles would put up two more scores in the third quarter when Thomas Sanders would hit Alton Bryant for an 11 yard score and then run it in from the 26 himself.
Despite outscoring their opponents on the score board, Milano lost the special teams’ game, having two kicks blocked and just one of three on two point attempts.
“We have isolated the problems and are working on special teams this week,” Jentsch said. “It’s like it is a two-part play and we are taking a break. We didn’t block well (on point after attempts).”
Thomas Sanders was the team’s leading rusher, toting the ball 16 times for 79 yards.
Gibbons also had a standout night for 50 yards on five carries. Sanders has now tallied 743 yards on the season on 74 carries and has scored 11 touchdowns.
Jordan Melton was Milano’s top receiver, hauling in three passes for 72 yards.
Dominique Messer was Milano’s top defender with eight tackles. Gibbons and John Jentsch each had seven tackles, with Jentsch also recording a sack for the night.
Jaime Czajkowski had four tackles and a sack and Thomas Sanders snagged two interceptions.
The Eagles’ ball hog defense will have to really be on its game as it faces one of the fastest Class A teams in the state in Burton (5-0) on Friday night.
Milano will open up District 13-A Division II play at Panther Stadium w ith kickof f set for 7:30 p.m.
“We are going to have our hands full,” Jentsch said. “They are extremely talented at the skill positions and can score from anywhere at any time.”
The Panthers are undefeated thus far and defeated Flatonia 42-14 on Friday in Burton’s last tune up before district.
Quarterback Xavier Bethany scored one rushing touchdown and threw for three more.
Burton’s game plan is all about speed and they have plenty of it. Their backfield is anchored by backs Montrell Crenshaw and Gabriel Patterson.
Crenshaw ran for 1,015 yards and 11touchdowns in 2009 while Patterson tallied 800 ground yards.
“They run the ball faster than anyone we’ve seen so far,” Jentsch said.
The Panthers were 7-3 last year and missed out on the playoffs through district tie-breaking rules, after finishing tied for second place.
Burton has three linemen who started both ways last year in Chris Langley, Caleb Goldberg and Sam Gibson. The Panthers are picked in most polls to win 13-A.
Burton and Milano have shown they can both put up some points. The Panthers are averaging 47.8 points per game, while the Eagles are averaging just over 34.
Milano’s defense is tops in 13-A in pre-district action, allowing just 16 points per game.
The Eagles are taking one game at a time and know that it is time to get serious.
“These next five count. We have got to win three out of the next five (to reach postseason) and we feel good about that,” Jentsch said. “We plan to play after district, but we’ve got to get a lot better to do that.”
Junior high Milano’s junior high team won 20-0 at Br yan-St. Joseph on Thursday.
The Eagle coaching staff was split with Jayce Rasberry and athletic director Greg Decker taking the junior high east and Jentsch, Robbie Robinson and Sean Connor taking the varsity west.
There will be a Milano-Burton junior high game on Thursday with game time set for 5:30 p.m. at Pruett Field.
EXTR A PERIOD— Burton and Milano have the best records coming into the opening of District 13-A II play. Granger sits at 2-3, with the rest of the district (Bartlett, Holland and Snook) is winless at 0-5...Eagle quarterback Thomas Sanders surpassed the 1,600 career rushing mark in the game against Del Valle JV. Sanders sits at 1,670 rushing yards and 23 ground touchdowns and has thrown for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far during his high school career...This will be the third in a series of four straight road games for the Eagles. Milano will be on the road at Holland next week then back at Pruett Field on Oct. 23 to host Bartlett.
|Milano Del Valle JV|
|23 First downs 8|
|38-238 Rushing 24-87|
|8-10-0 Passing 9-15-2|
|114 Passing yards 89|
|352 Total yards 176|
|2-35 Punts-avg. 5-29|
|0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0|
|8-70 Penalties 4-16|
|Score by quarters|
|Milano 13 14 12 0—39|
|Del Valle JV 0 14 0 0—14|
|MILANO—Thomas Sanders 12 run (John|
|Jentsch kick) 6:19|
|MILANO—Mayson Gibbons 9 run (pass|
|MIL ANO—Th. Sanders 19 run (pass|
|DEL VALLE—65 run (kick good) 9:16|
|DEL VALLE—10 pass (kick good) 5:01|
|MILANO—Toby Sanders 11 pass from Th.|
|Sanders (pass good) :21|
|MILANO—Alton Bryant 11 pass from Th.|
|Sanders (kick blocked) 4:43|
|MIL ANO —Th. Sanders 26 run (kick|
|RUSHING—Th. Sanders 16-79 3TD, Gibb|
|ons 5 -50 1 TD, C hris J uhl 5 -26, C hance|
|Pack 4-25, Jordan Melton 2-21, Robinson|
|4-18, Austin Turner 2-11, Jordan Millar|
|PASSING—Th. Sanders 7-9-0 71 yards|
|2TD, Robinson 1-1-0 43 yards.|
|RECEIVING—Melton 3-72, Bryant 2-26|
|1TD, Tb. Sanders 1-11 1TD, Robinson|
|TACKLES—Dominique Messer 8, Mayson|
|Gibbons 7, John Jentsch 7, Chris Juhl 5,|
|Chance Pack 4, Jamie Czajkowski 4.|
|WL WL PtsOpp|
|Burton 0 0 5 0 239 103|
|Milano 0 0 4 1 172 81|
|Granger 0 0 2 3 114 110|
|Snook 0 0 0 5 31 236|
|Bartlett 0 0 0 5 99 205|
|Holland 0 0 0 5 86 212|
|This week—Milano at Burton, Bartlett|
|at Granger, Holland at Snook (playing at|
|Last week—Milano 39, Del Valle JV 14;|
|Burton 42, Flatonia 14; Iola 53, Snook 7.|
|Bartlett, Granger and Holland were open|
|RUSHING—Th. Sanders 74-743|
|11TD, Juhl 34-177 1TD, Gibbons|
|18-146 1TD, Pack 16-94, Melton|
|PASSING—Th. Sanders 32-57-4|
|480 yards 9TD, Robinson 4-8-0 79|
|RECEIVING—Melton 11-236 1TD;|
|Bryant 9-168 5TD, Tb. Sanders 4-|
|44 1TD, Gelner 2-41 1TD.|
|TACKLES—Messer 48, Gibbons|
|35, Juhl 23, J. Jentsch 23, Mullinn|
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