Hawks Master New System Quickly in Lopsided Win
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · November 29, 2016
The Milford High School football team changed up its look on offense and the results showed in a 34-8 win over North Quincy in the Scarlet Hawks penultimate game of the season.
"We definitely played well, it was a great night and a balanced effort," head coach Joe Todd said of the November 10 victory. "It was good to see us spread the ball around."
The Milford team that took the field two weeks ago does not bear much resemblance to the team that took the field through much of the regular season, especially on offense. The absence of star running back Blake Hill, who suffered two broken wrists and saw his season come to an end after seven weeks, turned the Scarlet Hawks offense on its head.
"It was the 10th game of the year and we went from being a double tight [end], downhill running team, to a spread empty," Todd said, the latter phrase referring to a formation where the Scarlet Hawks line up five receivers and had no one in the backfield with quarterback Matt Curran.
Curran threw for 180 yards in the North Quincy win. Wide receiver Jack Cappelletti added eight catches for 80 yards and Ryan O'Toole, pressed into service as the starting running back with Hill out for the year, gained more than 130 all-purpose yards.
"With Blake going down, we've had to have other guys step up and we did that," Todd said. "Ryan has done a great job filling in at running back. He was a constant there for us even before Blake's injury, but now he is the premiere guy."
Beyond simply beating North Quincy and putting the team in position for its third straight winning season, the metamorphosis on offense has been a sign of the team and the program's growth through the year,' Todd said.
"It's good to be able to learn a new system and have our guys be comfortable with it," Todd said. "We are able to be a multiple threat on offense and on defense. It's good to see us be able to play to the strengths of the players we have."
Todd added, "I enjoy coaching that way and I think our players enjoy it too. A lot of our seniors have had a good experience and a lot of them have learned a lot of football. It's been exciting to watch."