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Milford Football Puts it Together vs. Oliver Ames

Milford High football head coach called his team's 44-minute effort against Oliver Ames "great to see," especially in light of the two tough losses the Scarlet Hawks have suffered in recent weeks.
"I think we put together a sense of urgency to play a complete games, those were some troubling losses," Todd said after his team throttled the visiting Tigers 42-8. "Our kids understood this was about firing on all cylinders and being high powered on offense, playing great defense, and special teams.
"We tried hard to do as much as we could to prove to ourselves everything we are capable of doing, and the hard work showed for 44 minutes."
Quarterback Zach Lanzetta showed the way for MHS, completing 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. His preferred target for the night was receiver Blake Hill. The junior reeled in seven passes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.
"Blake is a dynamic talent," Todd said. "He plays linebacker, wide receiver, kick returner, he could play quarterback if we needed him to, he is a special kid. Our coaches have done a great job figuring out the best way to get him the ball as many ways as possible."
Todd added the progress Lanzetta has made as the team's signal caller has been impressive.
"He has some great confidence right now," the head coach said. "He is really becoming a leader and he understands more who to throw the ball to, how to lead the offense and how to compete."
Todd said the attention focused on Hill by opposing defenses will open up opportunities for other players to play big roles in the Milford offense. On Friday, Leo Moronto caught a touchdown pass, one of three catches on the night. Running back Jake DeSantis carried the ball 14 times for 82 yards and a score.
"We need to keep that team sense with where we are now," Todd said. "Jake is a guy who is similar to Blake in that he can give you a lot, whether it's running, catching, or blocking. Leo is a big part of our run game and pass game and plays defense as well in addition to being a great leader as a captain."
Altogether, Milford outgunned Oliver Ames 424-88 on the night and showed strong balance with 223 yards through the air and another 191 on the ground. The Scarlet Hawks churned out 19 first downs to the Tigers' five. Milford brings a 2-2 record into this Friday's game at home against Foxboro.
"They are always going to be competitive," Todd said of Friday's visiting team. "They have great numbers and skill players, as well as guys up front who play aggressive football."
Todd added that the cohesion of the Foxboro program, whose varsity team comes in 4-0, will present a challenge for his squad.
"They have been together forever and known they would play for coach [Jack] Martinelli forever," he said, referencing the Foxboro head coach who is in his 34th year at the helm. "Some of their dads probably played for Coach Martinelli, so they have a strong system in place. We need to come ready to compete and battle for 44 minutes. This should be an exciting week, this game has big implications."




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