Eagles hang in there, need one final victory

Win over Granger would propel Milano into post season
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer

Milano’s Jordan Melton (11) scored four times in four different ways for the Eagles. He rushed for a score, caught a touchdown pass, scored on a punt return and an interception return. Reporter/Holly Jentsch Milano’s Jordan Melton (11) scored four times in four different ways for the Eagles. He rushed for a score, caught a touchdown pass, scored on a punt return and an interception return. Reporter/Holly Jentsch SOMERVILLE—Different year—different team—same scenario.

In 2009, the Milano Eagles were in a must win situation with their final home game and final game of the season—win and they were in the playoffs, lose and they would be starting basketball season. They lost that game in double overtime to Thrall.

This year, it is a new district. The team they are facing is Granger, but the goal is the same-win Friday at home and they are in the post season for the first time since 2007.

Milano routed the Snook Blue Jays on Friday at Somerville 54-0, putting them at 2-2 on the season and 6-3 on the year.

That puts the Eagles in a fourway tie with Bartlett, Granger and Holland for the final two playoff spots.

Burton clinched the District 13-A Division II title with a 54-27 win over Granger last week.

If Milano beats Granger, then they are in. If Bartlett beats Snook on Friday and Burton defeats Holland, then the Eagles will be the second place team and Bartlett the third place.

If Holland upsets Burton, then Milano goes as the third place team and Holland the second based on a complicated points system. Basically, the Eagles have to win.

The Eagles put up points on of fense, defense and special teams in their victory over winless district opponent Snook on Friday.

Senior Mayson Gibbons and a “scoop and score” from the Blue Jays first play from scrimmage where they fumbled the ball after recovering their own opening onsides kick.

Junior Jordan Melton caught the Eagles’ only completed pass of the night for a 52 yard touchdown from senior quarterback Thomas Sanders.

Melton also returned a punt and an interception for scores and ran in from 37 yards out for a touchdown. Sophomore Dominique Messer also returned an interception for a score.

Sanders and Chris Juhl also had rushing touchdowns on the night. Sanders was Milano’s leading rusher with 132 yards on just eight carries.

The Eagles managed just 271 yards of total offense, something head coach Craig Jentsch was not very pleased with.

“Our offense didn’t’ perform very well. We lacked focus,” he said. Milano also fumbled the ball four times against Snook, losing all four to the Blue Jays.

The Eagles’ defense did do its job, allowing Snook just 11 yards of total offense. Gibbons was the team’s leading tackler with 13, followed by Messer with 11.

Scouting Granger

The Granger Lions (4-5, 2-2) come in to Pruett Field licking their wounds from the Burton loss last week and knowing their playoff hopes are on the line as well.

They had six turnovers in the bout with unbeaten Burton.

“They are opportunistic and run what they do very well,” Jentsch said. “They are hard-nosed football players that don’t quit.”

In their 2009 “mud bowl” meeting, Milano toppled Granger 24-6.

In his first year as head football coach (he was formally the team’s offensive coordinator) Stephen Wisdom possesses some skilled players in his Lions’ team.

Players to watch are back Andrew Aleman, Colton Mazoch and Alex Cruz.

Granger put up 322 total yards against Burton’s stout defense. The Lions’ leading rusher was Cruz with 91 yards on 16 carries.

Junior high

Milano’s junior high team beat Snook 8-0 last week. They will travel to play their final game of the season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Granger.

EAGLE EXTR A— Friday is “Senior Night” for Milano, where members of the senior class and their parent/guardians will be introduced during pre-game ceremonies... Milano Athletic Booster Club is hosting a spaghetti supper starting at 5 p.m. Friday in the elementary cafeteria. Plates are $5 each and include spaghetti, salad, bread, tea and dessert.

MILANO 54,
SNOOK 0
Milano Snook
14 First downs 3
25-219 Rushing 39-9
1-3-0 Passing 1-6-3
52 Passing yards 2
271 Total yards 11
0-0 Punts-avg. 7-23.4
4-4 Fumbles-lost 1-1
7-45 Penalties 3-10
Score by quarters
Milano 14 27 7 6—54
Snook 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring summary
First quarter
MILANO—Mayson Gibbon 40 run fumble
recovery (John Jentsch kick) 11:44
MILANO–Jordan Melton 52 pass from
Thomas Sanders (Jentsch kick) 4:17
Second quarter
MILANO—Chris Juhl 11 run (Jentsch
kick) 11:00
MILANO—Melton 56 run punt return
(Jentsch kick) 8:35
MIL ANO – Melton 45 run interception
return (Jentsch kick) 7:37
MILANO–Th. Sanders 53 run (kick failed)
5:20
Third quarter
MIL ANO—Dominique Messer 43 run
interception return (Th. Sanders kick)
0:15
Fourth quarter
MILANO—Melton 37 run (kick failed)
7:41
Milano leaders
RUSHING—Th. Sanders 8 -132 1TD,
Melton 6-47 1TD, Juhl 8-29 1TD, Gibbons
1-16, Chance Pack 2-5.
PASSING—Th. Sanders 1-3-0 52 yards
1TD.
RECEIVING—Melton 1-52 1TD.
TACKLES—Gibbons 13, Messer 11,
Tyler Endsley 8, Austin Turner 8, Shawn
Mullinix 7, Jentsch 5, Melton 5, Pack 5,
Jordan Millar 5.
SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—Th. Sanders 131-
1345 15TD, Gibbons 36-252 2TD,
Juhl 43-212 2TD, Melton 24-187
5TD, Pack 24-131.
PASSING—Th. Sanders 41-85-5
667 yards 11TD, Robinson 16-28-1
269 yards 3TD.
RECEIVING—Melton 17-331 2TD,
Bryant 15-309 7TD, Messer 5-66
1TD, Tb. Sanders 5-66 1TD, Gelner
2-41 1TD.
TACKLES—Messer 96, Gibbons
73, Jentsch 51, Juhl 33, Mullinnix
29, Pack 27, Turner 20.

13A-II STANDINGS
District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Burton-x 4 0 9 0 450 180
Milano 2 2 6 3 290 176
Granger 2 2 4 5 253 237
Holland 2 2 2 7 201 288
Bartlett 2 2 2 7 225 310
Snook 0 4 0 9 51 485
(x-clinched district championship)
This week—Granger at Milano, Holland
at Burton, Snook at Bartlett.
Last week—Milano 54, Snook 0,
Bur ton 54, Granger 27; Bar tlett 22,
Holland 19.


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