Chilton 48, Milano 31
(Chilton) Last year’s matchup between Milano and Chilton saw a 27 to 25 game decided on the feet of the kickers with Milano’s John Jentsch kicking a game-winning 33 yard field goal with 21 seconds left on the game clock; this year would be a completely different affair. Undefeated so far in non-district play, Milano would hold or limit several of their banged-up starters in order to have them healthy for the start of district season. The Pirates would hold nothing back in their homecoming game and in the hopes of trying to right a season that had them entering this game with a disappointing 1 and 3 record.
After stopping Chilton’s first drive with a Dominique Messer interception of the Pirates’ Kyondris Landrum’s pass, the Eagles failed to convert, turning the ball back over to the Pirates on a fumbled snap near the Pirate 20 yard line. The Eagles defense stopped the Chilton offense a second time and on the ensuing punt Dominique Messer would return it 71 yards for an Eagle touchdown, but those would be the only points of the first half for the Eagles.
The next four drives would see the Pirates take advantage of mistakes by the Eagles Defense and a costly Milano turnover inside the Eagle 10 yard line to reel off 27 unanswered points and close the half with a 27-6 lead over the Eagles. Following the Halftime break the Pirates stopped the Eagles on the opening drive of the second half and then moved the ball steadily down field to score another touchdown on a seven yard run by quarterback Charles Simpson to increase the Pirate lead to 34 to 6.
With that the Eagles settled down and began to show the style of hard-nosed, smart football that has been their style all year long. After cashing in on a 59 yard touchdown pass from Jordan Millar to Dominique Messer, the Eagle Defense forced a Chilton fumble inside the Pirate 20 yard line that set up another Millar to Messer touchdown strike from seven yards out to make the score 19-34 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter both teams would score a pair of touchdowns with Jordan Millar picking up the Eagles’ two touchdowns with runs of nine and seven yards making the final score 48-31 in favor of the Pirates.
Millar had a fine evening at quarterback subbing for the injured Toby Sanders going three for ten with 86 yards and two touchdowns in the air and rushing for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Dominique Messer also had an excellent night catching three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, scoring another touchdown on the 71 yard punt return and picking up another 15 yards on the first quarter interception.
The Eagles finish the non-district portion of the season with a 4 and 1 record. Next week Milano has a bye before they face state-ranked Burton in their district opener Oct. 23 at Pruitt Field in Milano. Coach Craig Jentsch should have his team at 100 percent going into the match-up with the Panthers. After last year’s hard fought battle in Milano that saw the Eagles hold on for the 14 to 13 win, the Panthers will be looking to repay the favor and defend their state ranking this year.
- Milano coverage by William Whitmire
Rogers 60, Randolph 7
The Rogers Eagles showed once again why they are state ranked and the district favorite as they opened district play with another dominating performance last Friday night at Merk Field. The Eagles used an impressive running game and a stingy defense to go 1-0 in district action in front of an overflowing homecoming crowd. The Eagles set the tone early by recovering the games opening kickoff and never looked back. The Eagle offense rolled up nearly 450 yards on the ground and 98 yards thru the air while the defense pitched a shutout until late in the 4th quarter and holding Randolph to just 187 yards of total offense. Eagle RB Carson Skala reached paydirt four times on runs of 12, 50 and 27 yards and a 73-yard TD catch from QB Cody Peters. Skala ended the evening with 184 yards on 15 carries and Brody Malovets had 130 yards on the ground and scored on a 69-yard scamper in the first quarter. Not to be outdone, Trevor Coots also reached triple digits in the rushing effort with 114 yards on just 9 carries and 2 TDs. The suffocating Eagle defense held Randolph to just 7 first downs and forced 4 fumbles, 3 of which they recovered. The drive to a district championship continues tomorrow night when they travel to Blanco to take on the Panthers. Gametime is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Badgers 48 Summit 0
The Buckholts Badgers snapped their modest losing streak last Saturday in a big way in front of a homecoming crowd at Jimmy Hauk field. In the end, it was only a torrential downpour that could silence the running Badgers as they dismissed Cedar Park Summit Christian by way of invoking the “45” point mercy rule just before half. The Badgers would score early and often, posting 24 points in the first and second quarters.
The RB duo of Jon Avila and David Trevino only had a combined 6 total carries, but scored everytime they touched the ball. Avila scored on runs of 45, 55, and 15 yards while Trevino had TD runs of 2, 15, and 25 yards. WR Kade Cowan ended the game just before half on a 35-yard catch from QB Nathan Rice to send both teams to the house. Avila ended the short-lived game with 115 yards on the ground and Trevino had 42 yards rushing. The Badgers will continue the run thru non-district play when they travel tomorrow night to face the Bastrop Tribe. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.