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Milford football team gets down, but never out against Sanborn

posted Sep 12, 2013, 6:59 AM by Milford Spartans
KINGSTON – The Milford High School football team found itself trailing Sanborn Regional, of Kingston, heading into halftime and at the start of the fourth quarter on Saturday.

The Spartans showed they have no problem playing from behind.

Milford opened the second half with a nine-play, 77-yard drive to take the lead, and after the Indians went back on top, Harrison Urda ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Spartans never looked back, scoring four touchdowns in the final 12 minutes for a 48-23 win in Division II action.

Mitchell Banuskevich led the way for Milford, rushing for 153 yards and three touchdowns, while Urda had a touchdown rushing, a touchdown passing and a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“I think experience, probably for us in that situation, maybe (made the difference),” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “I don’t know about Sanborn, but those (Milford) kids have been at this for three years, and they weren’t fazed by being down.

“They didn’t get nervous or go in the tank. They just had to play better.”

The Spartans (1-0) couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, as Sanborn (0-1) took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards on 14 plays and scored on Zach Matthews’ 9-yard run.

But any momentum the Indians gained disappeared in seconds when Banuskevich took a handoff on Milford’s first play and raced 74 yards down the middle of the field.

Sanborn was able to retake the lead in the second quarter, scoring on a 50-yard pass from John Morris to Ty Austin and a 5-yard run by Michael DeMelio to go up 20-14 at halftime.

“We played a really good first half of football,” Sanborn coach John Welch said.

“We told them to play hard, that it’s their game, but that’s a really good football team over there in Milford. They’re tough, and they made adjustments and played well.”

Milford was also able to run a more ball-controlled offense in the second half and give its defense a little more time to regroup.

“We played defense a long time in the first half,” Jones said. “It felt like we were getting nickeled and dimed, with three yards, two yards, three yards and they’re blowing us off the ball.

“I give them a lot of credit. They hung in there and we got some lucky breaks. Punt return for a touchdown, and that kind of stuff, that’s tough for anybody to overcome after you’ve played so well.”
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Staff Writer