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Milford rips Portsmouth, clinches playoff spot

posted Oct 27, 2012, 6:20 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Oct 27, 2012, 6:25 AM ]
They talk about Air Portsmouth, but on Friday night, it was the Milford High School football team that was flying high.   

The Spartans defense came up big in a 24-6 win over the Clippers, clinching a Division III playoff berth after missing the dance entirely last year.

“I just want to play on Nov. 10,” Milford coach Keith Jones said, his team now 5-2 in Division III, 6-3 overall. “It definitely feels good. Last year left a real bad feeling, a bad taste in my mouth. We hadn’t missed the playoffs since my first year (at the helm) in ’01. It’s nice to know we’re definitely playing (in the postseason).

Milford held the Clippers to just 43 yards on the ground, and 126 yards total. The

Clippers and quarterback Travis MacDonald have been known to live by the air, but they died by it early, as Ian Michaud picked off a pass in the flat and returned it 43 yards for a Spartan TD just four minutes in. Shortly after, MacDonald got injured on a sack and the Clippers were down to their fourth string QB, Connor DiCesare.

“That (the interception) was huge,” Jones said. “What an awesome performance by (the defense) as a whole. It’s always nice to get a defensive touchdown, especially when it’s 0-0. It changes the tone.”

“We didn’t play well, we made an awful lot of mistakes, and we’ve got to get better,” Portsmouth coach Bill Murphy said. “We didn’t do the job. … We lost our quarterback, that certainly didn’t help us. We have to overcome that type of adversity.”

Milford took a 21-0 lead into a long halftime thanks to Tyler Clooney’s 5-yard run and an impressive fourth down touchdown pass of 11 yards on the run from Harrison Urda to Evan Perron. Urda looked in trouble with a couple of Clipper defenders, including Portsmouth stud Ricky Holt nearly sacking him but he found Perron in the back of the end zone with 1:30 left in the half.

“I just used my athletic ability and found Evan in the back of the end zone,” Urda (5 of 8 for 95 yards, one TD, one Int) said. “We’re a lot happier (being in the playoffs).”

Milford also got 113 yards rushing on 17 carries from Connor Borne. The Spartans’ Morgan Andrews nailed a 25-yard field goal, set up by a Borne 50-yard run, to make it 24-0 late in the third quarter. Portsmouth finally got on the board thanks to DiCesare’s 6-yard TD flip to Chris Main 20 seconds into the fourth quarter to account for the 24-6 final.