Eagles give No. 3 Chilton all it wants in battle of unbeaten
In front of a packed house that came for Milano’s annual homecoming, the Eagles (3-1) held their won for the first half, trailing just 7-6 at the break.
However, the 5-0 Pirates are known to make good adjustments and with their speed, out lasted Milano with 13 unanswered second half points.
All of Chilton’s scores came on long runs, the first was by quarterback Javarius Young, who sprinted in from 22 yards out to put the first points on the board for the Pirates with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
In their second possession after the Pirate score, Milano marched down the field to the Chilton 12. A pass from quarterback Jordan Millar to tight end David Jentsch at the goal line was intercepted by Young to stop the drive.
Milano finally hit pay dirt when Millar would find tight end Jentsch on a fade throw directly under the goal post for a three yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds to go in the half. The point after attempt by Mik Mader fell just short, leaving the Eagles down 7-6 at the break.
The Pirates came out and took the drove that first possession down the field in just two plays. The Eagle defense would hold Chilton at first and goal and again for three more downs and force the Pirate to attempt a field goal.
The Samuel Sanchez kick was wide left and Milano got the ball back at the Milano 10.
“I was proud of our defense’s goal line stand,” Coach Jentsch said. “We forced them to try the field goal and they missed and we got the ball back.”
Young would break away and scramble 40 yards with 17 seconds in the third quarter to score. Sanchez’s PAT made it 14-6.
Simpson, Chilton’s main running back scampered in from 36 yards out with 7:26 remaining in the game to end the scoring, as Sanchez’s kick was no good on the PAT attempt.
“We knew going in that they were a better second half team than they are a first half team,” Coach Jentsch said. “I am proud of our kids, they showed a lot of character.
“Our offense is continuing to get better and I think we will do well in district if we stay healthy and take better care of the ball.”
BY THE NUMBERS—Milano’s offense produced just 198 yards on the night with 123 on the ground and 75 in the air.
Millar led Milano with 118 yards rushing. He was also six of 12 in the air for 75 yards and a pick. Jentsch was Milano’s top receiver with four catches for 59 yards and the lone Eagle score.
Chilton’s running game was pretty much unstoppable, tallying 276 of its 318 total yards on the ground.
“As fast as they are, when you make mistakes it really shows,” Coach Jentsch said. “I don’t think we will face that type of speed in district play.”
Millar and Jentsch led the team on defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively, with one of Millar’s a sack.
Both Christian Grimes and Alex Ferrara snagged a Pirate pass for an interception.
“I thought we had a very good showing from our crowd, as we were 25 point underdogs,” Coach Jentsch said. “The large crowd meant a lot to our kids and I am proud of our effort.”
UP NEXT—Milano will be on the road this week in their final tune up before District 13A-II starts next week. The Eagles will travel to play College Station JV on Thursday, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.
SUBVARSITY— Milano’s junior high and junior varsity squads travel to Chilton on Thursday. The junior high came out victorious, winning 26- 6. The JV team lost 32-0 to the Pirates.
The junior high squad played in Thrall on Tuesday this week. The game was moved due to scheduling conflicts with both squads. T he M JH E agles b eat Thrall 28-0.
The JV team will go with the varsity to College Station on Thursday.