Milano chokes Chilton to go 5-0
The Eagles are now 5-0 going into their open week before district play begins. The Pirates fall to 2-3 on the season.
In Class A football, your kicking game is usually not a “huge factor”, but for Milano on Friday night it was.
Eagles place kicker John Jentsch (who is also the team’s punter and plays on both the offensive and defensive lines) came up big for the Eagles, kicking in a 33-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game to defeat perennial Class A powerhouse Chilton.
The 6-4 senior had also hit a 23-yarder with 27 seconds left in the first quarter to give Milano its first lead of the game at 10-7.
“It was a whole team effort,” Eagles head coach (and John’s dad) Craig Jentsch said. “Everyone contributed. If not on Friday night, in the week leading up in preparation and getting everyone ready for the week and preparing each other.”
Chilton struck early to score on a 25 yard pass from Kyondris Landrum to Julio Andrade. Matt Karl’s PAT gave the Pirates a 7-0 advantage.
The Eagles would answer back within two minutes on a hook up of senior receiver Jordan Melton and junior quarterback Toby Sanders on a 25 yard scoring pass of their own. Jentsch’s first of three PAT’s would tie things up with 6:46 in the first.
Milano would tag on one more score with 11 seconds left in the half when Sanders hit junior Dominique Messer from 38 yards out. Another Jentsch kick gave the Eagles a 17-7 halftime lead.
“The coaches and I really minimized our play book this week and used film and came up with our play we thought would work against them,” Coach Jentsch said. “We felt like we could throw the ball against them and that running on the outside would be difficult.”
Chilton’s adjustments at half time worked and they were able to tackle Sanders in his own end zone for a safety, then Dauntay Horne ran the ensuing kickoff back 55 yards to cut the lead to 17-15.
A person foul on the Eagles during the run back would moved the two-point conversion attempt half the distance to the goal. A big Milano defensive stop would deny star running back Cedric Carter from getting to the goal line with 7:45 left in the third.
That stop would prove to be huge in the end.
“I could see after the run back that there was doubt in some of our kids’ eyes, but they came through it,” Coach Jentsch said.
Milano’s offense would eat up yards and clock for the rest of the third and with 3:49 left in the third, senior Chris Juhl would find a hole up the middle to score from 15 yards out. Jentsch’s third PAT of the night game the Eagles a 24-15 lead.
Chilton would gain the ball and clock back and drive to get within field goal difference for their kicker Karl. He nailed one from 33 yards out to cut the lead to 24-18.
With 7:16 in the game, Chilton would throw some trickery into the mix. At their own 46, fourth down and five, the Pirates used a fake punt play and Landrum would find Jack Winkles all alone down field for a 54 scoring pass.
Karl’s PAT gave Chilton its first lead at 25-24.
Key catches by Truitt Jones and Juhl and Juhl large gaining rushes Milano’s next two possessions and the Eagles’ defense causing Chilton to go three and out after an interception would set up the game winning kick.
The Pirates put up one last effort as they got the ball back with 21 seconds left.
A reverse flee flicker, followed by a long pass down the field was intercepted by Sanders at the Milano 36 to seal the victory.
“It was a big game, bigger for us than for Chilton because we were just a stepping stone for them on the way to probably winning a district championship,” Coach Jentsch said. “But our kids proved to themselves that they can compete with top teams if they are willing to work hard and not give up.”
By the numbers
The two teams combined for 620 yards of total offense on the night. Milano racked up 370, 187 on the ground and 183 in the air), while Chilton had 250 (163 rushing, 87 passing.)
Juhl had 100 yard rushing on the night with 13 totes. Sanders added 69 yards on 14 carries.
Sanders also was 10 of 23 passing for the 183 aerial yardage, with two picks.
Melton and Messer each had 69 yards receiving on the night, with four and three catches, respectively.
Messer was also the team’s leading tackler with 15 on the night. He now totals 50 on the season.
Milano’s defense also stepped up, causing four turnovers and keeping Pirate quarterback Kyondris Landrum in negative yards rushing on the night with eight carries for minus five yards. The Eagle defense also kept any Chilton rusher from gaining 100 yards on the night. Carter had just 99 on 16 carries.
“I was most impressed with our line play,” Coach Jentsch said. “We thought we would be better there this year and as a whole we missed very few blocks on Friday.”
The Eagles’ win over Chilton caught the attention of folks from around the state and in particular Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
Milano’s win over Chilton has earned them the “Army Strong Team of the Week” for Class A from the magazine. This rates the team both classifications of the Class A division and honor them for their hard work.
The Eagles will have their open date this week as they prepare to start District 13A-II play. They will open up league action on Oct. 7 when they host also unbeaten Burton.
JV, junior high
Milano’s junior varsity (2-2) fell on the road in Chilton on Thursday 40-0. Coaches listed Derick Walton, Junior Gallardo, Mitchell Neal and Rhett Endsley as standouts from the game.
The team will travel to play Anderson-Shiro’s varsity at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Eagles’ junior high team (1-1) got its first official win of the season with a 28-16 win at Chilton. Austin Decker had four touchdowns, Blake Harless caught a two-point conversion pass and Sethe Pugh and Matt Stear both had an interception.
The junior high will host Bryan- St Joseph at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Pruett Field.
MILANO 27, CHILTON 25
|CHILTON—||Julio Andrade 25||pass||from|
|Kyondris||L andr um ( Mat t||Karl||kick)|
|MILANO—||Jordan Melton 25||pass||from|
|Toby||Sanders (John Jentsch||kick)||6:46|
|MILANO—||J. Jentsch 23 field||goal||0:27|
|from||Sanders (J. Jentsch||kick)||0:||11|
|quaterback||Sanders in||endzone for|
|return (run||failed) 7:45|
|MILANO—||Chris Juhl 15 run||(||J.||Jentsch|
|CHILTON—||Karl 33 field goal||0:||46|
|CHILTON—||Jack Winkles 54||pass||from|
|Javarius||Young (Karl kick) 7:||16|
|MILANO—||Jentsch 33 field||goal||0:||21|
Leaders RUSHING— Milano: Juhl 13 -100 TD; Sanders 14- 69; Millar 3- 9; Pack 1- 9; Melton 2-5; T. Endsley 1-4; Team 1-(-5). Chilton: Cedric Carter 16-99; Horne 9-58; Young 5-11; Landrum 8-(-5). PASSING—Milano: Sanders 10-23-2 183 yards, 2TD. Chilton: Young 1- 3- 0 56 yards TD; Landrum 2-3- 0 31 yards TD; Winkles 0-1-1. RECEIVING— Milano: Melton 4- 69 TD; Messer 3-69 TD, Truitt Jones 1-25, Juhl 1- 14, Brandon Garza 1- 6. Chilton: Winkles 2- 62 TD; Andrade 1-25 TD. TACKLES—Milano: Messer 15, Millar 13, Juhl 11, T. Endsley 10, J. Jentsch 8.
MILANO SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—Juhl 43-383 5 TD, Millar 27-178 3TD, Sanders 45-161 5TD, Melton 14-86 3TD.
PASSING—Sanders 26-53-2, 474 yards, 6TD; Millar 1-1- 0 6 yards.
RECEIVING—Messer 6-197 3TD, Melton 8-129 3TD, Jones 5- 65.
TACKLES—Messer 50, Mullinnix 33, Millar 39, Juhl 34, T. Endsley 31, J. Jentsch 23, Melton 21.