Eagles’ historic season closes with 43-0 loss to Falls City
And that proved true, as the Eagles fell to the Beavers 43-0 in the regional round of the Class A Division II state football playoffs on Friday afternoon at Bob C. Shelton Stadium.
Falls City (12-0), the winner of District 14A-II will now play La Pryor (9-4, runner up in 16A-II) in the state quarterfinals (Region IV finals) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Farris Stadium in San Antonio.
Despite the loss, the regional round is the furthest any Milano football squad has ever marched in the 11-man postseason.
“We w atched t heir f ilm a nd knew that they don’t have many weaknesses,” Coach Jentsch said. “ To beat them we would have had to play a perfect game and hope that they made several turnovers.”
“ They are the best team we faced a ll y ear. I c ompare t hem with a very good Bremond team that we scrimmaged at the beginning of the year,” Coach Jentsch said. “Theyarenotasfastas Chilton was, but overall a much better team.”
The Eagles managed just 158 yards of offense, with 74 rushing and 84 passing.
Millar led Milano with 75 yards on24carries. Hewasalsothe leading passer, connecting on four of 10 attempts for 70 yards. He also caught his first career pass on a trick play for a 14 yard reception.
The Beavers put up 436 yards of offense against Milano, including 364 rushing and 72 passing.
“We got beat by a team that was better than us that day,” Coach Jentsch said of the regional loss.
“ I felt like we should have scored at least two touchdowns,” Coach J entsch s aid. “ When w e got inside their 20 we either missed assignments or had a penalty that prevented us from scoring.”
The Fa lls Cit y loss is t he only the second time in Coach Jentsch’s five year tenure that Milano has walked away from a game without scoring any points.
The other came against district foe Granger in 2011, where the Eaglesfell6-0. Itwasalsothe game that decided the district title that season.
Millar finished his high school football career with the most total offensive yardage in school history. He compiled 5,121 yards while in high school.
That includes 3,762 rushing yards on 418 carries and 51, 1,345 passing yards (completing 73 of 151 passes with just 12 interceptions) for 15 scores and one reception for 14 yards.
He also had 233 tackles in his four years on varsity.
This post- season run is the just the eighth for Milano in the school’s 11-man football history. Other playoff appearances were made in 1976, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
The Eagles have won five playoff games (2007, 2010, 2011, t wo in 2013) and had never advanced past the area round of the post-season.
The team has made it to the playoffs three of the five years Jentsch has been the head coach.
Milano’s 10-3 record ties the best performance by a team. The Eagles were 10-2 in 2011.
Future so bright
Coach Jentsch will miss the 12 seniors he will lose on the team, but fells like the formula for Milano football to continue its success is in place.
“ We w ill have a change in personnel but feel we will be competitive and know that they will come in to compete and work hard,” Coach Jentsch said. “Our JV team has a good like and our junior high team had an undefeated season. We look for good things from some of our underclassmen that will be coming in next season.”
As for the seniors, they are the first group he had all four years of their high school career. This is Coach Jentsch’s fifth year as head coach for the Eagles.
“I’ve been with these guys for four years, five if you count them in the last year of junior high, and you get used to them and their personalities on the team, in the locker room and on the sidelines,” Coach Jentsch said. “They were silent leaders that led by coming to practice everyday, practicing hard and playing hard.”
Friday also marked the last time Coach Jentsch would coach one if his children. His youngest son David is a senior this year.
“As a coach I didn’t get to watch him like a parent does during games, I had to be watching other things,” Coach Jentsch said. “Now I plan on going back and watching the game films and enjoy watching David.”