Milford Football Bounces Back Against Franklin
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · September 22, 2016
The Milford Scarlet Hawks Football team is led this year by captains, l-r: Blake Hill, Ryan Gray, Asong Ammintse, Jack Cappelletti and Riley Burns. MHS photo [back]
After a hard-fought season-opening loss to Marlboro, the Milford High football team returned to the win column in style last Friday night with a 35-7 win over Franklin, the first victory over the neighboring town in more than two decades.
"It was definitely a nice bounce back," said head coach Joe Todd. "It was great to see our kids kind of galvanize after the loss. We had a great week of practice and we knew going in we had a lot of things to clean up in our run game and that's what we did. We put a huge focus on running the football."
Senior Blake Hill led the charge on the ground with 18 carries for 179 yards and three touchdowns, but Todd was quick to point out he was far from a one-man show. Ryan O'Toole and Asonga Aminmentse also ran the ball well behind a much-improved effort from the Hawks' offensive line.
Quarterback Matt Curran was efficient, completing 6 of 8 passes including a touchdown pass to Tim Joyce. Joyce also stood out on the defensive side of the ball with a sack on a third-down play for Franklin. Jack Cappelletti picked off a pass for the Scarlet Hawks and Harrison Bliss recovered a fumble. Todd was also quick to shout out his squad's performance on special teams.
"Special teams played tremendous, they were lights out," Todd said. "Since I have been here, I haven't seen special teams unit play so well. They were intense, fast, that was great to see."
Milford High Athletic Director Peter Boucher wasn't exactly sure how long it's been since the Scarlet Hawks have beaten Franklin, but none of the players on either rosters had been born the last time it happened. Boucher said it was at least 21 years since the last Milford win in the rivalry between neighbors, well before the two schools became members of the same league.
Milford turns its attention to a third straight home game Friday night against 1-1 Canton.
"Right now, I think are right where we want to be," Todd said. "We would love to be 2-0, but we need to keep moving forward and not dwell on the loss in week one. It's just a reminder we need to work very hard."
Todd lauded Canton as a "tough team," pointing to their overtime win over Milford last season.
"They are well coached and run the option, so it's going to be a big week to focus on defensive responsibilities," Todd said. "We are going to put a game plan together on offense to play to our strengths and run the ball. It'll be a fun Friday night."