Milano jumps out early, cruises to easy victory
The Eagles are now 2-0 on the young season and will travel to face Iola on Friday night.
The Lions are in their inaugural season of 11-man football.
Despite the 45 points, Milano had just 244 yards of total offense, with many of their players seeing lots of playing time, with most of the reserves playing the entire second half.
“Lots of kids got to play lots of minutes,” Eagles head coach Craig Jentsch said. “ That will be very valuable to us in the future.”
Milano scored first and often against the Lions. Eagle senior Jordan Melton picked up a fumble 20 seconds into the game to score from 20 yards out.
That was quick ly followed but a one yard run from junior quarterback Toby Sanders to put the Eagles up 12-0 with 9:20 left in the first.
Milano passed the ball just three times the entire night, with the biggest reception an 82-yard score from Sanders to fellow junior Dominique Messer to end the Eagles’ first quarter scoring.
Milano found the end zone three more times in the second quarter with three rushing touchdowns.
Senior Chris Juhl scored from 13 yards out, Sanders scored again from the one and then sophomore Jordan Millar also punched it in from the one.
The Eagles’ defense got in on the scoring as well in the third quarter, when lineman Michael Elston picked off CTCS quarterback Joseph Roberson and took it 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Lions’ only score came with one minute left in the game when Jacob Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
Juhl was Milano’s leading rusher with 39 yards on four carries. Sanders wasn’t too far behind with 34 yards on five totes.
Sanders was two for three in the air for a total of 93 yards.
Messer was the top receiver with his 82 yard snag and also one of the top defensive players with seven tackles.
Millar also recorded seven tackles on the night.
Milano held the Lions to just 65 yards of total offense, 50 rushing, 15 passing.
They defended well, as the CTCS quar terback Roberson was minus 26 yards rushing on the night.
Not everything was rosy for the Eagles on Friday night, as their kicking game suffered. Milano was just one of six on point after attempts.
“We had some missed blocking assignments and they (CTCS) were also rushing us really hard,” Jentsch said. Special teams will get a lot of work this week during Milano’s practices.
Milano’s junior varsity now sits at 1-1 on the year after falling on the road to Riesel’s JV-A squad 26-0 on Thursday night. The Eagles’ JV had defeated the Indians JV-B squad the week before.
Iola will come to Milano on Thursday night for two games. The first junior high games of the seasonissetfora5p.m.kickoff, followed by the junior varsity game.
“We are getting better,” Jentsch said of his subvarsity Eagles.
Milano will hit the road again on Friday to face Iola (2-0) with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff set at Bulldog Stadium. Iola defeated Hull-Daisetta on Friday 12-7.
In his first year as Iola’s head coach, the IHS grad and former Bulldog assistant, has taken the reins from Roddy McDougald’s group who went 6-4 in 2010 and just missed the playoffs.
Iola returns eight players on offense, led by senior quarterback Bryan Bradford and fellow senior running back Heath Barney.
The Bulldog defense returns seven starters, led by senior Jacob Moore. Iola’s weak spot looks to be in its secondary, with a lot of inexperienced players lined up there, much like the Eagles.
Milano defeated Iola 27-8 in 2010.
“The are the best team will face thus far,” Jentsch said. “They run a lot of multiple sets and it will be a challenge for us.”
MILANO 45, CEN-TEX CHRISTIAN 6
|10 First downs||5|
|2-3- 0 Passing||4-8-1|
|93 Passing yards||15|
|244 Total yards||65|
|Milano 20||19||6||0— 45|
|CTCS 0||0||0||6— 6|
|MILANO—Jordan Melton 20||fumble||return|
|(kick failed) 11:41|
|MIL ANO — Toby Sanders||1||run||( kick|
|from Sanders (Chris Juhl||run)||7:||35|
|MILANO— Juhl 13 run (||kick||failed)|
|MILANO— Sanders 1 run||(||kick||failed)|
|MILANO—Jordan Millar 1||run||(||Juhl kick)|
|return (kick failed) 2:45|
|CTCS—Jacob Brown 90||kickoff||return|
|(kick failed) 1:00|
|5-||34||2TD; Truitt||Jones||7-||29;||Millar 3-|
|PASSING—||Milano:||Sanders||2- 3- 0 93|
|yards||1TD.||CTCS:||Roberson||4- 8-1 15|
|yards,||3TD;||Millar||1-1- 0 6||yards.|