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Bedford Season Opener...

posted Aug 31, 2012, 8:58 PM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 9:02 PM ]

Perhaps the best news for the Milford High School football team was that Friday's season opener against Bedford doesn't count.

With the Bulldogs moving up to Division II for the 2012 season, this year's meeting had no bearing toward the playoffs for either team. But that doesn't mean the Spartans' 48-7 loss to Bedford doesn't sting.

"We never want to lose, but now it's time for reflection and how to get better," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "We knew we had a lot to do, but the good thing for us is we're still 0-0 (in Division III)."

Bedford quarterback James Caparell put on a show, completing 12 of 18 pass for 258 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Brian Collins, who had five catches for 144 yards.

Caparell's only mistake came on an interception by Milford's Mitchell Banuskevich late in the first quarter, leading to the Spartans' only score of the game, and for a while, kept Milford in the game.

Three plays after the pick, Milford's Harrison Urda found Ian Michaud behind the defense for a 30-yard completion to Bedford's 2. Joe Albina rumbled into the end zone on the next play and Morgan Andrews kicked the extra point to make it 13-7 Bedford just 25 seconds into the second quarter.

"We didn't quit," Jones said. "To make it 13-7, to show we weren't going to quit, we could have easily said that when it was 13-0. I give the kids credit. They did some nice things."

But in the end, Bedford (1-0) had too much offense.

The Bulldogs piled up 442 yards and held the Spartans (0-1) to 88 yards, including just 7 after halftime.

"I'm so proud of our guys," Bedford coach Kurt Hines said. "It's not what I expected. I felt like we could have won the game, but they exceeded my expectations."

After making it a one-score game, Milford's defense forced Bedford to punt, but the Spartans offense could go nowhere and gave it back to the Bulldogs.

Caparell went right to work, finding Collins for 11 yards on the first play after Milford's punt. Two plays later, a 14-yard run by Dylan York (nine carries, 54 yards) moved Bedford to the Spartans' 32. From there, Caparell again hit Collins for the receiver's second touchdown of the game and the conversion made it 21-7 Bulldogs.

"They have such a connection together, it's like they can read each others' minds a little bit," Hines said of Caparell and Collins. "The danger was if James just takes the ball and decides to look at Brian, they're going to double team him and we're not going to win many games. James made some really good decisions."

Milford looked like it was going to strike back, moving to the Bulldogs' 31, but Albina fumbled and Bedford's Aaron Palys recovered. Eight plays later, Capraell hit Michael Vailas (four catches, 78 yards, two TDs) with a short pass and the speedy sophomore danced his way into the end zone to make it 28-7.

"Certainly against offenses like that, you can't give up big plays and we gave up too many big plays," Jones said. "The key for us is to get this out of the way and next week we open with Pembroke. Those are the ones that count."

The Spartans will host Pembroke at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7