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Spartans stifle Broncos

posted Sep 30, 2012, 4:06 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Sep 30, 2012, 4:08 AM ]

The Milford High School football team may not have the best defense in Division III, but right now, the Spartans sure are playing like it.

In its four games – all division wins – Milford’s first-string defense has allowed just one touchdown, including Saturday night’s 35-7 thumping of Alvirne, in a game that was postponed from Friday.

The Spartans held the Broncos to 56 yards in the first half, forced two turnovers and

converted both into touchdowns to lead 28-0 at halftime. Milford got the ball to open the second half, and went 65 yards in 10 plays to make it 35-0 and send it into running, the third straight game the Spartans have done so.

“The kids collectively played fantastic on defense and offense,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “I felt like our defensive line played very physical and controlled the line of scrimmage and allowed the linebackers to run to the football. We got off the ball and did some nice things. But (Alvirne) did nice things, too. We’re not the Chicago Bears just yet.”

Connor Borne led Milford (4-0 in Division III, 4-1 overall) with 115 yards rushing on 14 carries, while Joe Albina, Mitchell Banuskevich and Tyler Cooney each had a rushing touchdown. Harrison Urda was 6 of 8 passing for 85 yards and hit Ethan Owen for a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter that put the Spartans up 21-0 with 1:14 left until halftime.

A big kick return by Zach Ducey gave Alvirne the ball near midfield to start the ensuing drive, but on second down, Josh Cohen’s screen pass was intercepted by Albina, who escaped the scrum and raced 55 yards for a touchdown, making it 28-0 with 50 seconds until the half.

“That’s something we’ve had trouble with this year,” Alvirne coach Bobby Nimblett said. “It starts right off the bat, when we can’t sustain a drive and we shank a punt. They go right down and score. Our kids don’t respond well to that. Then we turn the football over, and any time you turn the football over, you’re in trouble.”

The Broncos (1-2, 1-4) got 89 yards passing from Cohen, who was 8 of 17 with two interceptions, and Andrew Stevens caught seven passes for 79 yards. But no other Alvirne player had more than 36 yards of offense.

Lucas Notini scored Alvirne’s lone touchdown on a 5-yard run with 54 seconds left in the game.

“I was pretty happy with the overall performance,” Jones said. “I thought we executed well. There are things to fix as always.”

Sunday, September 30, 2012