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MHS Football in Striking Distance of Postseason

The Milford High football team has strung together six straight strong quarters of football and enters the final two weeks of the regular season with a spot in the postseason well within reach.
The Scarlet Hawks hammered Sharon 42-7 on Homecoming Weekend last week after playing North Attleboro even in the second half of a 42-21 loss. Heading into Friday night's game at Foxboro, the situation is clear for the Hawks –win two and they are playoff bound.
"We control our own destiny," said head coach Anthony Vizakis. "Our seniors have stepped up big time over this past week, they know we can still make the playoffs but we have to turn this season around."
MHS comes into the Foxboro game with a 1-4 record after a Sharon win Vizakis called the most complete effort of the season. Quarterback Colby Pires passed for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Sean Lehane reeled in a pair of TDs and Brendan White and Hugo Lopes, two more seniors, added touchdown catches of their own.
The tide of the season began to turn, according to Vizakis, at halftime of the North Attleboro game. The Scarlet Hawks went into the locker room down 21-0 and White,
one of the team's captains, gave the rest of the squad a talk. "I honestly didn't say much at halftime, but Brendan pulled the whole team aside and was really challenging them about what direction they wanted this season to go," Vizakis said. "The coaches have all been talking to them and coaching them, but sometimes kids take it differently when it comes from a captain."
The motivation was not enough to overcome the deficit, but Milford and North Attleboro played to a 21-all tie in the second half. That game was followed up by a great week of practice, Vizakis said, and the lopsided victory over Sharon last week.
In addition to the passing attack last week, Ryan Pearl and Luke Rosa added rushing touchdowns. White led the team in tackles and C.J. Cerrella also had a strong defensive game. The entire defensive line earned their head coach's praise as well.
Now, the Hawks need to put forth a similar effort against Foxboro, Vizakis said. "Foxboro is tough, physical and aggressive with good skill, we are going to need another great week," he said. "They are playing with a bit of confidence and riding the momentum."




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