By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/ Columnist

Milford High School football team

he MHS football team prepares to kick off against Wellesley High School.
(Contributed Photo)

Some teams might have thought this would be a rebuilding year for the Milford High football team after the Scarlet Hawks graduated nine starters on offense and eight on defense from last year’s team; many of whom have gone on to play in college.

But, after two wins and whopping 93 points scored, no one is sleeping on MHS anymore.

“We are playing some pretty good football,” head coach Dale Olson said. “We are making some young mistakes because we have a lot of first time varsity kids, but we are definitely explosive and we have good offensive and defensive lines.”

Junior Isaiah Pantalone impressed in his varsity debut with nearly 300 yards receiving and three long touchdowns in Milford’s 49-28 season opening win over Foxborough. The Hawks followed up that win with a 44-7 blowout over Wellesley last Saturday.

Olson praised the play of junior quarterback Evan Cornelius, saying he is only going to continue to improve with a couple of starts under center under his belt. Tyler Lane and Grant Scudo, both seniors, have also amassed some big performances through the first two games.

‘We knew we had some kids coming up through the sub-varsity,” Olson said. “During the Covid year, I was able to see a couple of games and I saw kids who are explosive athletes. I thought they could help us if they were able to step up to the varsity level.”

Olson admits that some teams may have underestimated his squad after so much talent left to graduate.

“At the start I think so, but I don’t think we are going to take anyone by surprise now beating Foxborough and beating Wellesley the way we did,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is going to overlook us by any means.”

Milford plays another non-league contest Friday evening, hosting Natick. Olson said the alma matter of Doug Flutie is still producing quality football players.

“That’s a football town,” he said. “Natick is all about football. Since the little boys are born, they come up hoping to play football for Natick.”

This week’s opponent is in a similar spot as MHS, Olson said, coming off a strong year but having graduated a large class.

“I think they are in the same boat as us, playing a lot of a first time kids,” Olson said. “But I expect a great game in Milford Friday night