Eagles playoff plan: win and they’re in

Victory over Snook by 14 points or more secures place
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Senior linebacker Cody Alexander sacks Bartlett quarterback Weston Rafay for one of his seven tackles. Senior linebacker Cody Alexander sacks Bartlett quarterback Weston Rafay for one of his seven tackles. BARTLETT—The playoff hopes for the Milano Eagles still lie in their own hands, after defeating Bartlett 36-20 in a key District 13A-II matchup at Bulldog Stadium.

The Eagles (7- 2, 3-1) need to beat Snook by more than 14 points on Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams to secure a postseason spot after missing the playoffs last year.

Should Milano defeat Snook by more than 14 points on Friday, the Eagles would go to the postseason as the second place team out of 13A-II. Burton has clinched the league title once again.

If that doesn’t happen, and Granger pulls off a win over Bartlett on Friday night, then there could be a log jam for the last two playoff spots in the league.

“Basically, we need to win by more than 14 and we are in,” Eagles head coach Craig Jentsch said. “ We did everything we needed to so that we have a shot at the playoffs and now we just need to keep going.”


Chance Pack (with wingman Derek Walton) skirts around Bartlett’s Zach Pruett for part of his 63 yards rushing on the night. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Chance Pack (with wingman Derek Walton) skirts around Bartlett’s Zach Pruett for part of his 63 yards rushing on the night. Reporter/Holly Jentsch The Eagles took advantage of four Bartlett turnovers on Friday and were able to stay in that playoff hunt.

“We didn’t self- destruct and took advantage where they gave them to us,” Coach Jentsch said. “We do have to be more disciplined when faced with adversity on the field.”

Milano took an early lead when the Bulldogs fumbled the opening kickoff at their own five yard line. Senior Eagle quarterback Jordan Millar would scamper in on the next play to put Milano up 6-0. The PAT failed.

With 19 seconds left in the opening quarter, Milano would find David Jentsch in the back of the end zone to go up 12-0. The conversion run afterwards failed.

Bartlett would make things interesting as Zach Pruett would return the ensuing kickoff 70 yards through several defenders for a Bulldog score. That PAT also failed, leaving Milano ahead 12-6 after the first quarter.

Neither team would score again before the end of the half.

In the third quarter, Milano and Millar would blow the game open, with the quarterback scoring on runs 40 yards, 37 yards and 50 yards. All three conversion attempts were good and with 7:07 left in the third, the Eagles were up 36-6.

The Bulldogs never gave up the fight. Bartlett quarterback Weston Rafay hit Devin Alston for a 20 yard score and Rafay finished off the conversion run. That cut Milano’s lead to 36-14 with 9:16 left in the game.

Rafay would score from two yards out with 5:28 left in the game. The conversion run failed.

A last minute long pass to the end zone by Bartlett failed and Milano secured the win.

Millar led Milano’s effort with 273 yards rushing on 23 carries. He was also three of five in the air for 38 yards.

Chance Pack had 63 yards for the Eagles on 15 carries. He was also Milano’s top receiver with one catch for 23 yards.

On the defensive side, David Jentsch had 11 tackles, Cole Sheppard 10 and Trent Ellison 10. Cody Alexander recorded a sack. Nick Bonorden had an interception. Chris Rowan, Jentsch and Ellison each caused a fumble, with Derek Walton and Treyton Steinbecker each recovering a fumble.

UP NEXT—Milano and Snook will face off at Pruett Field at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bluejays (3-6, 2-2) run a spread offense and have a lot of speed in key positions.

“They are the best they’ve ever been since we’ve faced them. They have a chance to go the playoffs, which they have never gone to and we expect their best game” Coach Jentsch said. “They probably have more overall team spread than we do and their offensive line is big and better up front than last year.”

Snook is coached by former Cameron Yoemen Scott Cummings.

JUNIOR HIGH—Milano’s junior high squad will host Snook at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the team’s season finale.

The team defeated Bartlett’s junior high team 38-14 last week.


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