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MHS Football Bounces Back Against Medway

After nearly two quarters of scoreless football, Milford was able to put points on the board with only seconds remaining in the first half. Steve Morganelli's touchdown pass gave the Scarlet Hawks a 7-0 halftime lead, which they rode to a 28-0 win over Medway last Saturday. Head coach Tom Cullen couldn't take too much credit for the second half surge.
"I wish said I gave his great halftime speech, but really we just had to clean up some things," he said. "Defensively we played well the entire game, but offensively we needed to give Morganelli time to throw the ball in the second half and that opened up the running game."
The senior quarterback finished the game 11 of 16. He and the rest of the Milford offense were also able to hold onto the football after committing five turnovers in a 24-8 season-opening loss to Franklin. "We turned it over five times (against Franklin), twice in the red zone, that really changes the game," said Cullen.
The head coach said his team didn't do anything differently during the week after losing to Franklin, but made a point of paying close attention to detail. The result was a decisive victory and a 1-1 record. Eric Overdahl has been a standout for the Scarlet Hawks so far as both a wide receiver and outside linebacker. He was the MVP of the Franklin game and added a touchdown catch as well as an interception against Medway. "(Overdahl) is not very big or fast, but he is one of those guys that does something exactly the way you tell him to," said Cullen.
Jarrod Casey has also played well so far this season and has played three positions, seeing time at wide receiver, running back and safety. Chris Casey added a spark on defense against Medway after tipping a pass that resulted in the Overdahl interception. "He is a little ball of fire and energy and it's great to have that," said Cullen of Chris Casey.
Cullen has also been pleasantly surprised with the play of the offensive line. Milford brought in five new starters on the line but was able to dominate the battle in the trenches with Medway.
Milford takes the field tomorrow night for its first league game of the season against Leominster. The Scarlet Hawks will technically be playing a home game, though all off the home games have been moved to Medway this season as Milford's field is being renovated.
The Blue Devils are one of the division one powerhouses the Scarlet Hawks will have to battle this season as they've moved back to the top league in Central Mass. Leominster comes in 0-2 on the season, but with losses to Eastern Mass power Everett and a very good Hudson team.
"It's going to be a test for us and I'm interested to see how we are going to play," said Cullen. "We stepped into D1 this year and now we'll see how we respond."




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