Eagles tripped by Falls City
The Eagles’ season came to an end on Friday as they fell 55-7 to the Beavers in the area round of the Class A Division II state football playoffs in a matchup at Austin ISD’s Burger Stadium.
No. 4 Falls City (10-1) advances to play No. 5 Evadale on Friday at 7:30 at Bryan’s Merrill Green Stadium in the Region IV semifinals. Milano ends its season at 8-4.
Both teams came out fired up and ready to play, but Falls City seemed to have the advantage, ready to after having two weeks off.
The District 14-A champions had an open date the final week of the regular season and a bye in week one of the postseason.
Falls City jumped out to an early led after they held the Eagles to within their own 10 yard line on the opening possession and forced a three and out.
William Pruski blocked John Jentsch’s punt and recovered it in the end zone for the Beavers’ first score. Luke Swierc would hit his first of five extra points on the night. He was five of seven against Milano.
Before the Eagles could move the ball across midfield, Falls City was up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“They have 14 seniors on their roster and they were well prepared for us,” Jentsch said.
Falls City coaches travelled to Milano on Nov. 5 to watch their last regular season game against Granger and were in Rosenberg on Nov. 12 at the Eagles’ bi-district match up against High Island.
“They had one of their best games against us and their kids and fans came out fired up after not having played in so long,” Jentsch said.
He also said that Milano travelled well to expressing his gratitude to all the fans and the community this season.
It was all Beavers in the second quarter with the state ranked team in Class A utilizing the size and strength of their experienced offensive line to tally up yards and points on the ground.
Falls City, who put up 222 yards of rushing against the Eagles, would hold a huge 48-0 lead at the half.
The Beavers would tally 318 total yards against a usually stingy Milano defense.
The Eagle defense was allowing just shy of 20 points a game before Friday night.
The Beavers defense was just as stout as their offense and had even more speed. Milano senior standout quarterback Thomas Sanders, who was the team’s leading rusher and holder of the school’s single season rushing title, got pounded and before halftime was pulled out of the game by the coaching staff and trainer due to signs of a concussion.
Falls City, still with their first string offense in, scored one more time in the third quarter to go up 55-0. Milano’s reserves and backup would also get some playing time and in doing so, scored the Eagles’ only points of the night.
Jaxson Robinson would hit Toby Sanders on a 4 yard pass on a fourth and goal for Milano with 5:31 left in the ball game. John Jentsch’s PAT was true and Milano was on the scoreboard. The Eagles were not shutout at all this season, scoring at least one in each of its 12 games.
Milano was held to just 117 yards of total offense against the Beavers, 63 on the ground and 54 in the air.
With just 18 yards on 10 carries, Sanders was the Eagles’ top rusher. Sanders ends his high school career with 1,786 on 168 carries and 22 touchdowns, making him the top single season rusher in school history. His 1,195 yards passing and 16 is also one of the tops for Eagle players.
Sanders rushing careers ends with 2,713 yards on 309 carries and 34 touchdowns. He also passed for 1,431 yards, completing 81 of 172 passes with 15 interceptions and 18 scored during his high school years.
Fellow senior Robinson was the team’s top passer against Falls City, connecting on three of his nine attempts for 38 yards and Milano’s lone touchdown. Senior Terr y Gelner was the team’s top receiver w ith two catches for 34 yards.
Defensively, senior A lton Bryant led the team with nine tackles on the night, followed by Jordan Melton, Shawn Mullinnix and Tyler Endsley (all juniors) with six each.
Milano w ill return its top defensive person in 2011 with sophomore Dominique Messer who led the team with 121 tackles this season.
Half the receiving corps for the Eagles will be loss to graduation. Milano’s top receiver this year was senior Alton Bryant, who caught 21 passes for 517 yards and nine touchdowns.
There were six seniors on this year’s squad.
“Ever ybody losses kids to graduation each season. We were a different team than we were last year and we will be a dif ferent team nex t year,” Jentsch said. “We learned a lot from this season and will build on that and make the commitment to work hard in the offseason.”
He w ill miss this class of seniors, however, for their talent and know-how.
“They played hard all year and I am sad for the seniors, but we were bi-district champions and that is something to be very proud of,” Jentsch said. “ Those seniors have a great knowledge of the game and you can’t replace that.”
The area round of the postseason is the furthest that any Milano team has gone in the 11-man playoffs, now hav ing reached that round three times and not advancing. They also reached that point in 2000 and 2007. The Eagles reached the bi-district round in 1999 and 2005.
The 2007 Eagles nabbed the school’s f irst 11-man playof f victory and this year’s squad added Milano’s second bi-dist rict championship football trophy with a 60-22 over High Island on Nov. 12.
FALLS CITY 55, MILANO 7 Milano Falls City 6 First downs 12 26-63 Rushing 30-222 7-20-3 Passing 3-6-0 54 Passing yards 96 117 Total yards 318 5-33.4 Punts-avg. 1-38 2-1 Fumbles-lost 3-3 3-30 Penalties 5-48 Score by quarters Falls City 21 27 7 0—55 Milano 0 0 0 7—7 Scoring summary First quarter FALLS CIT Y—William Pruski blocked punt recovery in end zone (Luke Swierc kick) 10:14 FALLS CITY—Swier 14 pass from Came ron S oto ( Swierc k ick) 6 :51 FALLS CITY—Luke Myneir 24 run (Swierc kick) 0:23 Second quarter FALLS CITY—Swierc 33 run (Swierc kick) 11:27 FALLS CITY—Colin Dziuk 3 run (kick failed) 5:27 FALLS CITY—Mynier 71 punt return (Dziuk run) 2:47 FALLS CITY—Dziuk 35 pass from Soto (kick failed) 2:17 Third quarter FALLS CITY—Dziuk 37 run (Swierc kick) 7:24 Fourth quarter MILANO—Toby Sanders 12 pass from Jaxson Robinson (John Jentsch kick) 5:31 Leaders RUSHING—Milano: Th. Sanders 10-18, Mayson Gibbons 5-17, Chris Juhl 4-14, Robinson 3-13, Alton Bryant 1-1, Jordan Melton 3-0; Falls City: Dziuk 7-94 2TD, L. Swierc 3-50 1TD, Soto 9-27, Mynier 1-24, Phillip Lyssy 3-20, Clayton Glover 3-8, Jon Swierc 3-1, Ryan Wiatrek 1-(-2). PASSING—Milano: Robinson 3-9-1 38 yards 1TD, Th. Sanders 4-11-2 16 yards; Falls City: Soto 3-5-0 96 yards 2TD, L. Swierc 0-1-0 0 yards. RECEIVING—Milano: Terry Gelner 2- 34, Tb. Sanders 2-10 1TD, Dominique Messer 1-8, Melton 2-2; Falls City: Tyler Wiatrek 1-47, Dziuk 1-35 1TD, L. Swierc 1-14 1TD. TACKLES—Bryant 9, Melton 6, Shawn Mullinnix 6, Tyler Endsley 6, Jentsch 4, Dakota Grandchamp 4. 13A-II STANDINGS District Season WL WL PtsOpp Burton-x 5 0 11 0 566 236 Milano-y 3 2 8 4 397 273 Bartlett-z 3 2 4 8 343 359 Granger 2 3 4 6 273 277 Holland 2 3 2 8 238 343 Snook 0 5 0 10 63 545 (x-district champions; y-second seed in playoffs; z-third seed in playoffs) This week—Burton vs. Rocksprings at New Braunfels Canyon, Friday 7:30 p.m.. Last week—Falls City 55, Milano 7; Rocksprings 29, Bartlett 6; Burton 61, Pettus 19. SEASON LEADERS RUSHING—Th. Sanders 168- 1786 22TD, Juhl 62-303 3TD, Gibb ons 4 2-302 2 TD, M elton 3 3-247 5TD, Pack 28-192. PASSING—Th. Sanders 64-122-8 1195 yards 16TD, Robinson 20-38- 3 317 yards 5TD. RECEIVING—Bryant 21-517 9TD, Melton 22-419 3TD, Messer 10- 186 1TD, Robinson 9-107 3TD. TACKLES—Messer 121, Gibbons 99, Jentsch 61, Mullinnix 42, Juhl 33, Endsley 30, Turner 27, Pack 27.