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Milford heads to C-V

posted Sep 22, 2012, 3:55 AM by Milford Spartans

The Milford High School football team is an enviable position going into Friday’s game at Con-Val.

The Spartans are one of just two teams – the other is Souhegan – sitting at 2-0 in the Division III standings. Milford has won its last two games, both at home, beating Pembroke, 14-0, two weeks ago, and Merrimack Valley, 41-6, last Friday.

What does that get Milford? Absolutely nothing, so far.

“We’re very happy with the victory (over Merrimack Valley),” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “But we’re smart enough not to think that all of a sudden, we’re good. We’ve got a lot to work on.”

Milford jumped out to a 21-0 lead against the Pride last week, and Joe Albina rushed for 114 yards on 11 carries, scoring two touchdowns on the ground, while also catching a 7-yard scoring pass from quarterback Harrison Urda.

Urda also had a rushing touchdown, scoring from 16 yards out. That came in the first quarter, after touchdown runs of 61 yards by Mitchell Banuskevich and a 3-yard scoring run by Tyler Cooney.

“The good thing was that we executed very well,” Jones said. “We limited the mistakes, had only 10 yards in penalites. We turned them over and I felt like we ran to the ball on defense. When they did complete passes, we had people swarming to the ball.

“A league win is a league win. That’s the goal.”

The league schedule continues on Friday, as Milford heads to Peterborough to face Con-Val (0-2 in D-III, 1-2 overall). Since opening the season with a win over Division II Merrimack, the Cougars have lost two in a row, including last week’s 35-12 loss to Portsmouth.

Going into the season, Con-Val was a bit of a mystery. The Cougars have a new coach in Ryan McCartney, and before the year, not many knew anything about him other than that he’s related to former Colorado coach Bill McCartney (uncle) and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr (stepfather).

Jones and his staff have had the opportunity to see the Cougars on a couple of occasions, and he sees a team that has responded well to change.

“Now they’re in the I-formation, giving the ball to (running back) Chris Queen,” Jones said. “They’re going to be well-coached and sound. They’ve got good backs and skill kids.”

It will be the second time this season Milford sees a team that runs its offense out of the I, which Pembroke did two weeks ago.

“In our league, we see something different every week,” Jones said. “Bedford was in the spread. Pembroke was in a two tight end, power-I. Last week was back to the spread. Now we’re back to the I. Then we’ll get the wing-T, then the spread. One thing we’ve had to do over the years is adapt to different things all the time.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012