Eagles end their season on a high note despite missing the playoffs
The Eagles (6-4, 2-3) missed out on a third straight trip to the post-season, finishing fourth in the final District 13A-II standings. Snook was fifth.
Burton went undefeated in league play and are district champions. Bartlett and Granger hammered it out on Friday night for seeding and Bartlett will go as the second place team and Granger third as Bartlett won 18-7 in that match up.
The Blue Jays (1-9, 1-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 45 yard sprint by Deon Hamilton and kick by Robert Lewis.
“I thought we came out very sluggish and were just going through the motions when they scored,” Eagles head coach Craig Jentsch said. “It woke us up. It was difficult with the heartbreak losses and some of our starters being out.
Chance Pack, Tyler Prazak and David Jentsch did not play due to disciplinary issues.
Once Milano got on the board, things finally started to roll.
The Eagle defense had held the Blue Jays deep in their own territory and forced a punt. The snap on that punt went high over Lewis’ head and Milano got a safety and on the board with 8:18 left in the second. It was the first safety for the Eagles this season.
With less than two minutes left in the half, Jordan Millar, playing with a broken thumb, scored from six yards out and then on the next possession, Toby Sanders would run it in from the one.
A Millar conversion run after the Sanders score put Milano up 16-7 at the half.
“We took advantage of good field position before the end of the first half,” Jentsch said. “We finally scored when handed the opportunities, something we had struggled with throughout the season.”
In the third quarter, the senior duo of quarterback Sanders and receiver Dominique Messer teamed up for the last time in their high school career for a 44 yard touchdown.
Messer has scored at least one touchdown (on either offense or defense) in every game this season.
Millar found pay dirt for the second time four seconds into the fourth quarter on a three yard run.
Milano’s last touchdown of the year came from Junior Gallarado with 4:58 left in the game. He scampered in from 37 yards out. Mik Mader hit the extra point kick for the final 37-7 score.
“We finally came around and our defense did a really good job of stopping the run and we did a little better with our pass defense,” Jentsch said. “I was pleased with our overall team effort.”
By the numbers
Millar was Milano’s top rusher in the game with 68 yards on 14 carries. Sanders carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards.
Sanders threw the ball 13 times, connecting on five of them. Messer snagged three passes for 62 yards and Rhett Endsley had two catches for 27 yards.
Messer was also the Eagles top defender with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Makenan Hairston had eight tackles and a fumble recovery, with Sanders adding an interception.
Milano’s senior class this year is small, with just four 12th graders on its roster, but they will be big shoes to fill next year. Those four are Dominique Messer, Toby Sanders, Micheal Elston and Rhett Endsley.
“This class is special because I have been their head coach for four years. Those kids are dependable and consistently came out to play for me,” Jentsch said.
“Dominique will be irreplaceable and Toby has become an excellent quarterback,” Jentsch said. “Micheal was steady at both offensive and defensive lineman and Rhett, although he didn’t come out for football until his junior year, was key for us on special teams and in our secondary.”
Messer has been the team’s tackle leader for the past three seasons and had totaled 403 tackles in his high school career.
The 6-4 receiver also snagged 55 catches totaling 1,430 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Sanders finished his high school career with 1,712 yards passing, completing 84 of 209 passes, with 14 interceptions and 25 touchdowns.
He was also over the 1,000 mark in rushing, toting the ball 236 times for 1,084 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Burton (9-1, 5-0) will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs with the district title.
Bartlett, 6-4 on the season and 4-1 in league play will play Woodsboro at New Braunfels Canyon on Friday night.
Granger, 5-5 and 3-2, will play Runge at Fischer Canyon Lake on Friday as well.
The Eagles junior varsity squad members suited up and played with the varsity on Friday night.
The team was able to play seven games this season as a JV and went 3-4.
Milano’s junior high team defeated Snook 16-0 Thursday at Pruett Field.
The junior high Eagles ended up 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in district play.
SNOOK—Deon Hamilton 45 run (Robert
Lewis kick) 4:59
MILANO— Safety (bad snap on punt
MILANO—Jordan Millar 6 run (kick failed)
MILANO—Toby Sanders 1 run (Millar run)
MILANO—Dominique Messer 44 pass from
Sanders (run failed) 3:26
MILANO—Millar 3 run (Millar run) 11:56
MILANO—Junior Gallarado 37 run (Mik
Mader kick) 4:58
RUSHING—Milano: Millar 14-68 2TD;
Sanders 18-59 TD; Gallarado 4-45 TD;
Messer 3-9. Snook: Hamilton 8-59 TD;
Lewis 9-(-22); Austin Jackson 11-0.
PASSING—Milano: Sanders 5-13-0 89
yards TD; Millar 0-1-0 0 yards. Snook:
Lewis 4-14-1 45 yards.
RECEIVING—Milano: Messer 3-62 TD;
Rhett Endsley 2-27. Snook: Darien Swayne
3-26; Jackson 1-19.
TACKLES—Milano: Messer 12, Makenan
Hairston 8, Millar 4, Endsley 4, Mitchell
Henson 3, Jonathan Reyes 3.
This week—Bartlett vs. Woodsboro at New Braunfels Canyon; Granger vs. Runge at Fischer Canyon Lake. Burton has a bye.
Last week—Milano 37, Snook 7; Burton 76, Somerville 7; Bartlett 18, Granger 7.
MILANO SEASON LEADERS
RUSHING—Millar 105-721 9TD; Sanders 99-446 8TD; Pack 44-225 TD; Gallarado 25-188 4TD; Walton 33-84 TD; Neal 10-63 TD.
PASSING—Sanders 34-94-4 686 yards 10TD; Millar 8-24-0 159 yards 3TD; Walton 1-2-0 36 yards; Jentsch 1-3-0 27 yards TD.
RECEIVING—Messer 27-735 12TD; Millar 4-54 TD; Mader 6-65 TD; Endsley 2-27; Grimes 3-18.
TACKLES—Messer 133, Millar 71, Trent Ellison 57, Hairston 49, Tyler Prazak 45, David Jentsch 44, Alex Ferrara 37, Rowan 34, Derek Walton 31.