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Milford Football Fights for Playoff Position

The Milford High School football team is doing its best to peak at the right time. The Scarlet Hawks have won two of their last three and came from 14 points down to beat Oliver Ames 28-27 Friday night on the road.
"Obviously it was a good win for us from both a coach and team perspective, but we always wish we could play better," head coach Joe Todd said. "We wanted to win by more but it's a win, so you enjoy it."
The win came with some fourth-quarter drama. After trailing by two touchdowns, Milford rallied with 21 straight points and held a 28-21 fourth quarter lead lead. Oliver Ames scored to make it 28-27 with 1:30 left in the game. Instead of kicking the extra point, the home team decided to go for two points and the lead. The Bulldogs ran an off-tackle run and the Milford defense was ready for it.
Sean Burns burst into the backfield to disrupt the play and slow down the ball carrier. Tommy Trautwein and Will Johnson came through the line to make the tackle.
"Football is a game with some calculated risks and they took one there," Todd said. "Honestly, when they decided to go for two, I was happy. I knew our kids up front had been playing well and I felt good about us stopping the play. I also felt good that, even if they got it, we would be able to drive back down and score again."
The Scarlet Hawks moved the ball well all night long. Running back Quentin Orr rushed for three touchdowns and both he and fellow back Jonathan Rodriguez rushed for north of 100 yards on the evening.
The game winning score came through the air, however. Quarterback John Hearns connected with Pete Schuler to put Milford on top midway through the final quarter. Todd was impressed with his team's ability to bounce back from the early hole.
"You get down like that and it can be a mental challenge for a lot of teams to hang in there and come back," he said. "This is the second time where we have had to come back and take a lead. If we are going to make things happen in the playoffs, we are going to have to play through some adversity."
Milford brings a 3-3 record into Saturday's league match-up against 1-5 Sharon Saturday at 4 p.m. at MHS. With a win, Milford could end up as the fifth seed in the South Sectional tournament. "We have a good challenge this week and we need to finish the season strong," Todd said.
The Scarlet Hawks should be postseason bound either way, but a victory would give the team three wins in its final four games and even more of a head of steam going into the second season, not to mention a win over a program that captured a Super Bowl just two years ago.
"Sharon is a good, well coached team and they play very sound football," Todd said. "They are solid on both sides of the ball and it's a league game. It'll be a good Hockomock League battle and we want to go into the playoffs with a win and a winning record."




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