Eagles keep hope alive with strong second half showing

Return of Sanders boosts Milano after halftime deficit
Reporter Staff Writer

The return of quarterback Thomas Sanders from a shoulder injury last week bolstered the Eagles’ running attack against Bartlett. Reporter/Bill Martin The return of quarterback Thomas Sanders from a shoulder injury last week bolstered the Eagles’ running attack against Bartlett. Reporter/Bill Martin MIL A NO—Milano had put itself in the tenuous position that the Eagles were forced to look down the barrel of three mustwin games.

That site has now been adjusted to two.

In the first such challenge, the Eagles bested the Bartlett Bulldogs 38-28 at Pruett Field on Friday night in a key District 13A matchup.

The win puts the Eagles (5-3. 1-2) back on the winning track after falling in their first two league games.

Two more wins for Milano and they are in the postseason for the first time since 2007.

The return of senior quarterback Thomas Sanders seemed to pep up the Eagles who came back from a two-point halftime deficit to score three touchdowns in the third quarter and hand Bartlett (1-7, 1-2) its second straight loss.

MILANO 38, BARTLETT 28 MILANO 38, BARTLETT 28 “It was a great team effort. We changed up some schemes and moved some folks around,” Milano head coach Craig Jentsch said. “We’ve got to keep our kids focused and see if we can get into the playoffs.”

Bartlett’s Eric Walker, who leads Central Texas players in rushing at 1,596 yards on 159 carries, put the Bulldogs ahead 6-0 less than three minutes into the game.

The Eagles would answer back to take the lead with two touchdowns. Jaxson Robinson would hit Alton Bryant on a 37 yard pass with 8:30 left in the quarter and Thomas Sanders would score from 19 yards out with 3:29 in the opening quarter to Milano open up 13-6.

Sanders went out during the second quarter of the Eagles’ Oct. 15 game in Holland with a shoulder injury. He would make a big come back as Milano’s leading rusher against Bartlett with 216 yards on 19 carries.

The senior is now at 1,213 yards on 123 carries for the season. His career totals are 2,140 yards on 264 carries and 26 touchdowns. Sanders did not play football his freshman year.

Milano scored to open the second quarter when Mayson Gibbons went in from the 11-yard line.

The Bulldogs would put two more scores on the board before the end of the half with a 13-yard run from C.J. Roles and another two-yard dive from Walker. Bartlett would take a 22-20 lead into the locker room.

Milano made some adjustments during the break and came out to score 18 points in the third quarter.

Brant would score from the six on the Eagles’ first possession of the second half. Sanders then tacked on a score with a 40 yard run, breaking numerous tackles, with 8:31 left in the quarter.

Jordan Melton would round out Milano’s scoring with a three yard rushing effort with 3:10 left in the frame.

Bartlett was able to put up just six more points against Milano. Nathan Crathers scored from 25 yards out with 7:54 left in the game. The Bulldogs were not able to make up anymore more of the 38-28 difference.

The Eagles put up some big offensive number against Bartlett with almost 500 total yards offense. Milano had 40 rushes for 334 yards and 165 passing yards between Sanders and Robinson.

Bartlett managed just 257 yards of total offense with 227 of that coming from Walker’s 24 carries on the night. The Bulldogs were minus 7 yards passing, completing three of 11 in the air.

Bryant was the top Eagle receiver with 84 yards.

Bartlett Milano
11 First downs 18
36-264 Rushing 40-334
3-11-2 Passing 9-14-0
-7 Passing yards 165
257 Total yards 498
1-32 Punts-avg. 3-35.3
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1
4-25 Penalties 12-95
Score by quarters
Bartlett 6 16 0 6—28
Milano 13 7 18 0—38
Scoring summary
First quarter
BARTLETT—Eric Walker 2 run (run failed)
MILANO–Alton Bryant 37 pass from Jaxson
Robinson (John Jentsch kick) 8:30
MILANO–Thomas Sanders 19 run (kick
failed) 3:29
Second quarter
MILANO—Mayson Gibbons 11 run
(Jentsch kick) 7:57
BARTLETT—C.J. Roles 13 run (Leonard
Hinojosa pass from Walker) 5:16
BARTLETT–Walker 2 run (Roles run) :02
Third quarter
MIL ANO—Br yant 6 run (pass failed)
MIL ANO –Th. Sanders 40 run (pass
failed) 8:31
MIL ANO –Jordan Melton 3 run (pass
failed) 3:10
Fourth quarter
BARTLETT—Nathan Crathers 25 run (run
failed) 7:54
Milano leaders
RUSHING—Th. Sanders 19-216 2 TDs,
Gibbons 7-50 1TD, Bryant 5 -39 1TD,
Pack 5-24, Melton 2-9 1TD.
PASSING—Th. Sanders 5-10-0 92 yards,
Robinson 4-4-0 73 yards 1TD, .
RECEIVING—Bryant 3-84 1TD, Tb. Sanders
1-22, Gibbons 1-21, Mullinix 1-18,
Melton 2-13.
TACKLES—Messer 13, Gibbons 8, Bryant
6, Jentsch 5, Robinson 5, Mullinix
5, Pack 5.

District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Burton 3 0 8 0 396 153
Granger 2 1 4 4 226 183
Holland 2 1 2 6 182 266
Milano 1 2 5 3 236 176
Bartlett 1 2 1 7 203 291
Snook 0 3 0 8 51 431
This week—Milano at Snook
(Somerville), Burton at Granger, Bartlett
at Holland.
Last week—Milano 38, Bartlett 28;
Burton 69, Snook 14; Granger 36, Holl
and 1 9.
RUSHING—Th. Sanders 123-
1213 14TD, Gibbons 35-237 2TD,
Juhl 35-183 1TD, Melton 18-140
4TD, Pack 22-126.
PASSING—Th. Sanders 40-82-5
615 yards 10TD, Robinson 16-28-1
269 yards 3TD.
RECEIVING—Bryant 15-309 7TD,
Melton 16-279 1TD; Messer 5-66
1TD, Tb. Sanders 5-66 1TD, Gelner
2-41 1TD.
TACKLES—Messer 85, Gibbons
60, Jentsch 46, Juhl 33, Mullinnix
22, Pack 22.

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