Fast start lifts unbeaten Milford past Conrad 42-13

 

Special to the Delaware State News/Chuck Snyder

MILFORD — Milford High’s football team hadn’t played a game in two weeks.

So the Buccaneers were a little excited about getting the chance again on Friday night.

Milford showed it, too, scoring 20 first-quarter points en route to a 42-13 victory over Conrad that kept the Bucs unbeaten.

Junior running back D.J. Bowman scored three of Milford’s first four touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on 18 carries as the Bucs improved to 4-0 on the rainy evening.

“We were very anxious to get going,” said Milford coach Shaun Strickland. “We came fired up. The first 15-16 minutes were phenomenal. We had a little lull but then got moving again.

“We came out and executed. We got off the ball. We were opening holes and getting corners and getting our guys with speed on the edge. We took advantage of that.”

Milford had a rare open date last week but picked up a forfeit win over St. Andrews, which opted to play Seaford instead of the Bucs on Friday.

Milford scored on its first four possessions to open up a 28-0 advantage early in the second quarter.

Bowman tallied his third touchdown of the night when quarterback William Kimmel rolled out and hit the junior running back in stride about 10 yards downfield. Bowman did the rest from there, sprinting away on a 77-yard touchdown reception that stretched the Bucs’ lead to 28-0 with 8:22 left before halftime.

Bowman had earlier scored on runs of 29 and 22 yards. Kimmel, who later scored on a one-yard sneak, completed 8-of-15 passes for 164 yards.

“We were pretty anxious — at some parts we were too anxious,” said Bowman. “Everybody was hyped and ready to play. The little mistakes that we made, we need to adjust and get that better.”

Conrad bounced back, marching 66 yards for a TD that cut Milford’s advantage to 28-7 less than a minute later. It was the first touchdown the Bucs have allowed this season.

Conrad then stuffed the Bucs on a fourth-and-two to get another chance at the Milford 47. Conrad reached the Milford 25 before the Bucs made a fourth-down stop.

Milford had the opportunity to add to its cushion just before halftime when it reached the Conrad five. Conrad stopped the Bucs there, though, blocking a 24-yard field goal attempt.

But Milford picked up where it left off, scoring on its first drive of the second half. Receiver Brion Murray caught a 27-yard pass from Kimmel before fullback Dominyc Hovington scored the TD on a two-yard run.

Murray’s two-point conversion catch put the Bucs ahead 36-7.

Conrad’s second touchdown came with only 2:56 remaining after the game had gone to a running clock with Milford leading 42-7.

“Our defense is tough as nails,” said Strickland. “They fly around and I love it. It’s fun to watch.”

The one drawback to the win for Milford was having sophomore running back Rashawn Price go down with a right leg injury in the first half.

Price ran for 54 yards on five carries, including a 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, before being hurt. He also had a 61-yard scoring run called back by a holding penalty.
Price watched the second half from the sidelines on crutches. But Strickland is optimistic that the injury isn’t too serious.

“You hate to lose a dynamic kid like Rashawn Price,” said Strickland. “We’re hoping for the best. We think he should be able to bounce back, we’re just not sure when. The kid’s a competitor so he hates being out. He was having a great day.”

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