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MHS Football Looks to Bounce Back

Milford High School football coach Joe Todd believes last Friday's 43-7 defeat against Holliston can serve as a teaching moment for his players, if they take heed of the lesson. "Going into the game, we knew they were going to be a good match for us," he said. "This was an example to our kids of what can happen when you execute at the highest level."
Holliston used its speed to put up touchdowns on its first four possessions, taking a commanding four-touchdown lead early in the second quarter. The Panthers improved to 3-0 on the season while the Scarlet Hawks dropped to 0-2.
"It's going to take some time for us to get to a point where we can execute like they were able to against us on Friday," said Todd. "I'm not sure when it's going to happen, but at some point we are going to click and once we get to that point, we can be very good."
Milford did have a few bright spots in the home opener. Junior tight end Peter Schuler caught three straight passes in the second half, including a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Hearns. "We have to find the best way to use Peter," said Todd. "He is not your prototypical big, physical tight end. He's more of an athletic, speed guy and that can be dangerous."
Milford's offense struggled to gain traction early in the game and did not pick up a first down until the second half. Todd says it was a matter of missed assignments. "We might have had nine of 10 guys who did a great job, won their individual battle, but then we missed one block or one read and the whole play falls apart," he said. "It's good evidence for our kids that football is the ultimate team sport, everyone has to do his job on every play."
Todd said there were more issues to clean up on the other side of the ball. "We have work to do on defense," he said. "We need to get our fundamentals down and individual techniques cleaned up. Defenses really need live game action to improve, so the more games we play, the more we can learn from our mistakes."
Todd highlighted the play of senior cornerback Eric Nunez on defense, calling him one of the best tacklers on the team. Junior tackle Sean Burns also drew praise from the head coach for his play on the defensive line.
The Scarlet Hawks return home tonight to take on Stoughton, the first league game for MHS as a new member of the Hockomock's Davenport division.
"This is another team that is what I envision Milford football to be," said Todd. "They are a tough, hard nosed group of good athletes. It'll be a good test for us."
Stoughton will run a winged-T offense that is fairly simple schematically, according to Todd. The result may be determined by the effort and intensity of his team, something he has been talking about throughout the week of practice.
"Our guys are giving us a great effort, but it has to be a relentless effort," he said. "We need to play at the highest level at all times. We've had some high intensity practices, and we will see how that translates to the game."




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