Milano uses five miscues to move to 3-0 on the year milano 27, Iola 14
Iola (2-1) had four turnovers on the night that didn’t help their case. Milano (3-0) only lost the ball once.
“They came in with the mind set to run the ball at us because they were bigger on the line,” Milano head coach Craig Jentsch said. “They lost the ball five times and we recovered four of them. That was the difference in the game.”
The two teams combined for 21 penalties and 173 yards in the contest.
“We did do some stupid things and we should get called on those holdings and such,” Coach Jentsch said. Milano had three holding calls and two each on illegal shifts and false starts.
Senior quarterback Jordan Millar scored three of the Eagles touchdowns on the night, rushing in from the one with just under two minutes left in the first half. The extra point attempt by Mik Mader put Milano up by seven.
David Jentsch scored Milano’s second touchdown of the night on a botched punt with 5:09 left in the second. Iola’s center hiked the ball over the punter’s head, who then punted the ball out of the end zone, with it landing close to the Iola 10 and taking a backwards bounce to the 5 where Jentsch scooped and scored. The PAT was good and the Eagles were up 14-0.
Iola quarterback Hayden Martinez would march his team down the field on the ensuing possession to score from 13 yards out with 2:27 left in the half, but the run failed, leaving Milano ahead 14-6.
Iola would use smart field possession and was able to score in those final seconds of the first half when Martinez would find Ryan Rinnick open for a 25 yard scoring pass as time expired. Martinez would run in the two point conversion to make it a 21-14 game at the break. “We had a break down in coverage at the end of the second quarter,” Coach Jentsch said.
The only other points in the game would come early in the fourth quarter when Millar would run it in from the four.
BY THE NUMBERS—Milano tallied 214 yards of total offense, seven less than their opponent, and still managed the win. The Eagles managed 146 yards on the ground and 68 in the air.
Millar was six of 14 passing on the night. His favorite receiving target was tight end Jentsch who snagged four passes for 53 yards.
Place kicker Mik Mader had a good performance, going three of four on extra point attempts, with the one miss coming off a bad snap.
Martinez led Iola in rushing yards, totaling 133 yards on 18 carries. He was also six of 12 passing for 62 yards.
On defense, Milano was led by linebacker Cole Sheppard with nine tackles and lineman Trent Ellison with eight. Makenan Hairston had an interception on the night.
OPEN WEEK—Milano will get a chance to rest this week, as they will have their open date on Friday, getting ready to host Chilton on Sept. 27 for homecoming.
The Eagles have also added a game at College Station JV on Oct. 3.
Those will be their two final tune ups before District 13A-II play begins.
“If we continue to protect the football, improve as a team, take care of mental mistakes and stay healthy, I think we will be a competitive football team all the way through district play,” Coach Jentsch said. “If things pan out we will be competing and maybe playing for something in Week 10, which is our goal.”
SUB -VA R SI T Y— Milano’s junior high and varsity squads both hosted Iola on Thursday.
For the Eagle junior high team it was their first game of the season. They defeated Iola 34-6.
Milano junior varsity (0-2) squad fell 6-0 to the Bulldogs.
The JV will host Leon at 5:30 p.m. Thursday