Milford Football on Track for Postseason
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · October 14, 2016
A second half surge in a win over Foxboro has the Milford High football team in position to make the postseason, but head coach Joe Todd said the Scarlet Hawks may need to win their final two regular season games to guarantee a playoff spot.
"We might have to go 5-2 to get in, that's how we are looking at it, like we have to win our final two games to get in," Todd said following Milford's 41-14 win over Foxboro. "We are looking at taking it one game at a time, but we are in a spot where we have a chance to get a good seed in the playoffs."
Todd called this week's Homecoming showdown with Sharon a "critical game."
"We want to continue to improve on both sides of the ball and not make the same mistakes," Todd said. "We are on track to be playing our best football in the playoffs."
Milford improved to 3-2 on the season with last Friday's win over Foxboro. The game was tied at halftime, 14-14, but the Hawks opened up a sizable second half lead thanks to a dominant rushing performance from senior Blake Hill. After two first half touchdowns, including a 58-yard scamper in the first quarter and a second quarter touchdown run that tied the game, Hill broke off two more touchdown runs in the third. He finished the game with 207 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 20 carries.
Ryan O'Toole had a 62-yard touchdown run of his own in the fourth, and picked up 92 yards rushing for the game. Todd also praised quarterback Matt Curran, who completed 6-of-8 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown pass.
"For a kid who never started a varsity game before this year, he has done a great job and really come into his own," Todd said.
Jake Cappelletti caught three passes for 57-yards. On defense, Milford was lead by Hill's seven tackles as well as 1.5 sacks from Neil Arquillano. Harrison Bliss finished with four tackles, including a tackle for a loss, and Todd said he has been a key cog.
"He never comes out of the game," Todd said. "Harrison starts on offensive line and at linebacker, he is always a big contributor for us."
The win was a bounce back for MHS after a loss to North Attleboro.
"We hit a speed bump there, but I still feel like we have improved in certain areas every week," Todd said. "We need to keep working, get in better shape, get stronger. We want to compete at the highest level when we get to the playoffs."