MiIlar’s seven touchdowns secures must-win situation
SOMERVILLE—It was a game the Eagles needed to win to keep its playoff hope up and with a 24 point fourth quarter, they were able to run away with the victory, as Milano defeated Somerville in District 13A-II action at The Rock.
The Eagles (5-2, 2-1) gained 301 of its 370 total yards on the ground, anchored by quarterback Jordan Millar’s 208-yard performance. That put the senior over the 1,000 rushing mark for the season.
Somerville (0-7, 0-2) changed up its offensive scheme, running the ball right at the Eagle the whole night, and for three quarters were very successful enough to stay in the ball game.
“They changed up their offense and ran the I (formation) and allowed their four best athletes to be involved in every play,” Eagle head coach Craig Jentsch said. “I am proud of the way our kids responded and played hard.”
The Yeguas answered quickly. Just 58 seconds later, Keanu Graves caught a 55 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zack Hawkins. Daniel Reyes would kick the extra point and Somerville would take the 7-6 lead into the second frame.
Millar would score from 15 yards out with 6:34 left in the half (conversion pass failed) and then would hook up with Bonorden on a 40 yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left in the second. The Millar conversion run put Milano up 20-7 at halftime.
The Yeguas came out in the second half and simply kept running the ball through the sometimes broken down Eagle defense and running down the clock.
After a penalty on the ensuing kickoff, Milano asked for a re-kick, and it proved to be the right move. Millar returned the kick 70 yards, scrambling through tackles, for a big score. The conversion pass would fail again, but the Eagles were up 26-14.
The Yeguas would take their next possession into the final quarter and cut the lead down to five, when Hawkins kept the ball for a seven yard scoring scamper.
The Reyes’ PAT put Somerville down just 21-26 with 9:44 left in the game.
MILLAR’S MOVES—At that point it seemed that Millar took the game into his own hands.
Just one minute later, Millar would find pay dirt again, this time from the 10 yard line. And again he ran in the conversion play.
Then with 3:45 left in the game, Millar scored from 15 yards out. Chance Pack ran in the conversion play to give Milano the final 50-21 total.
Millar’s 208 yards came on just 20 carries. The total puts him at 1,092 rushing yards on the season (156 yards per game average) and at 1,795 total yards thus far (including 703 passing yards).
For Somerville, Malik Roy was their top rusher, going for 101 yards on 18 carries.
Hawkins rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries and had 86 yards passing on three of 14 pass attempts.
Milano also won the turnover battle against the Yeguas, falling on two fumbles by Somerville (Cody Alexander, Treyton Steinbecker) and snagging a Hawkins pass (for an interception) at the end of the game (Christian Grimes). The Eagles had just one turnover, a fumble late in the first quarter.
“Somerville usually turns the ball over more,” Coach Jentsch said. “I am proud of our kids getting the stops and turnovers when we needed them.”
UP NEXT—Despite the fact that Milano’s next opponent has just one win this season, Coach Jentsch knows Granger (1-6, 0-2) will come in ready to play “power football.”
“The are big and physical and run the ball right at you,” Coach Jentsch said of Granger. “I don’t care about their record. They will run the ball right at us and if we can’t stop them it will be a long night for us.”
Jentsch said that the Lions will also throw in a little boot leg and some times a spread offensive look and also take very good care of the ball.
“They play a short game, keeping the ball and putting pressure on your offense when they finally do gain possession,” Coach Jentsch said. “I hope we can keep them off the field and take those advantages we have to score.”
Granger is coming off a 48-14 loss to Burton last week.
This will be the first home game for the Eagles in a month.
“We are looking forward to a home game and hope it gets the kids fired up,” Coach Jentsch said.
The Eagles and Lions will kick things off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pruett Field.
JUNIOR HIGH—Milano’s junior high squad defeated