Tough road at College Station prepares Eagles for Burton
The Eagles moved to 4-1 on the season with a 35-22 road win over College Station JV on Thursday night at College Station High School Stadium.
They will not get ready to play the games that count as they open up District 13A-II play at Burton on Friday night.
The 22 points College Station put up against Milano’s defense is the most any school has put up against the Eagles so far this season.
“We had a bad week of practice and had played Del Valle’s JV the first week of the season (and won) so I guess our guys thought it was going to be easy,” Eagles head coach Craig Jentsch said. “It was a good game for us to have. It showed us some things we need to work on. It was a learning tool for us.”
Jordan Millar also managed a successful night running the ball, tallying 209 yards on 18 totes and three touchdowns.
The senior quarterback’s first score came on a short two yard run. Mik Mader’s PAT put Milano up 7-0 with 5:45 left in the first.
The Panthers answered with a two yard touchdown from Conner Russell with 1:59 left in the opening quarter. T heir t wo point conversion attempt failed.
The Eagles would begin their aerial attack when Millar would hit Nick Bonorden for a 33 yard touchdown with six seconds leftinthefirst. Mader’sPAT missed, but the Eagles took a 13- 6 lead into t he second quarter.
Milano extended its lead when Millar found tight end David Jentsch for a 18 yard scoring throw. M illar would r un in t he conversion play and the Eagles were up 21- 6 with 6:16 left in the half.
The Panthers answered again, andquickly. Just22seconds later, College Station’s Tristan Ma nning spr inted 67 ya rd s down the sideline to score and quarterback Ty Brock followed with the conversion run. That cut the lead to 21-14 going into the half.
The Eagle defense came out f lat in the third quarter and College Station scored first in the third quarter when Russell would find pay dirt again from six yards out with 4:05 left in the quarter. Brock would take the run in again and by doing so put the Panthers up 22-21.
Millar would put Milano up once again when he broke away up the middle for 52 yards and a touchdown. The two point run failed, but the Eagles regained the lead 27-22.
The lone score in the final frame saw Millar score again from 15 yards out and convert on the conversion run, giving Milano the 35- 22 advantage with 1:49 left in the game.
“They were a very well coached team,” Coach Jentsch said of College Station.
Penalties still hurt Milano with them compiling 50 yards on five penalties.
The Pa nt her s put up 256 yards of of fense against the Eagles, with 185 on the ground and 71 in the air.
Bonorden was Milano’s top receiver on the night, catching three passes for 108 yards.
On defense, Derek Walton was tops on the night with 14 tackles. Cole Sheppard tallied 11 tackles, including a sack. Cody Alexander, Alex Ferrara and David Jentsch recorded nine tackles each, with Alexander adding two sacks. Trent Ellison adding eight more tackles.
Milano will open up league play on Fr iday as t hey host Burton, the team picked earlier in the season to win the district title. The Panthers are currently 1-4 in pre-district play.
“ They have severa l rea l ly good athletes, but are younger than what they have been in years past,” Coach Jentsch said. “ They’ve a lways p layed ustough. Theytrytospread you out and run the ball at you.”
Of those four losses, quarterback Luke Huffer hasn’t played at all in two of them and only a fewplaysintheothertwo. In the first game of the year he suffered a concussion and coaches have used him sparingly.
Burton’s lone win was over Louise.
The Panthers are coming off a 14-13 road loss at Flatonia last week.
Burton is also led by safety/ receiver and Division I recruit Louis Brown. The 6 - 6, 206 pound junior had 166 tackles and 23 catches in the Panthers’ 6-5 2012 campaign.
“He will give us some match up problems,” Coach Jentsch said. “We will have our hands full but if our kids do well and remain as competitive as we have been lately, I think we could come out with a win.”
Milano was picked to finish just out of the postseason in fourth place by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, behind Burton, Bartlett and Granger. The Eagles were picked ahead of Snook and Somerville.
“ I don’t know if there is a clear cut favorite going into it,” Coach Jentsch added. “ Snook’s skill people are a lot better. Somerville has some really good receivers and probably the district’s best lineman on both sides of the ball in Tristan Light. Bartlett will be ready to roll and Granger has always played us tough.”
SUBVARSITY— Mi la no’s junior high will host Burton at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pruett Field. The Eagles JV will travel to College Station on Thursday to play its f reshman squad. Kickoff for that game is set for 6 p.m.