Milford Football Ready for Playoff Rematch
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · October 29, 2016
Last Friday's 28-0 loss to Stoughton has Milford High football coach Joe Todd eager to suit up this week when the two teams face off in a Friday night rematch, this time in the postseason.
"We could not have asked for a better game, just the opportunity to immediately correct the mistakes we made in the past game, make adjustments in coaching and playing," Todd said. "We get another chance to make the improvements and show that score was not indicative of our best effort."
The Scarlet Hawks were held to less than 100 yards rushing on a sloppy night last week and were without start running back Blake Hill in the second half due to a cut above his nose. Todd expects the Yale-bound senior to be available for the postseason tilt.
Milford finished the regular season 4-3 and earned the number 5 seed in Division 2 South. Stoughton, 5-2, earned the 4th seed.
"This is the time to really show and [to] prove he is an elite player in the state, which we believe he is," Todd said. "He can't be the only one though, because they are a good team. These others guys have to be great compliments [so] when Blake does have his chances, he can do what he is capable of doing. Get in the open field and let him do his thing and get those extra, hard-fought yards."
Finding a more effective running game is a focus for Milford heading into the postseason matchup. Todd said Ryan O'Toole, who gained more than 100 yards two weeks ago in a win over Sharon, will be part of the solution.
Neither Milford nor Stoughton completed a pass in their game last week, but Todd is hoping better throwing conditions will help the Hawks move the ball through the air. The head coach said he wanted to see senior wide receivers Tony Mobilia and Jack Cappelletti be bigger factors in the playoffs, along with junior wideout Kayden Kelley.
"They need to do a good job catching the ball, we were not sharp enough in the pass game last week," Todd said. "We want to have that extra threat."
A win on Friday would move Milford onto the sectional semifinal and would be the first postseason victory since the Scarlet Hawks beat Hopkinton two years ago.
"It would be huge, it would be the biggest win since I have been here," Todd said. "To have the chance to go back to their place, in a playoff game, in a rematch. It would be huge and our kids understand that."