Milford spoils Cape’s homecoming with 38-0 shutout

Milford senior Kadin Bates dashes down the field for a 25-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

LEWES — Five Milford High players found the end zone in Friday night’s 38-0 shutout of Cape Henlopen High.

“We have a lot of weapons and we showcased them tonight,” said Milford coach Shaun Strickland. “I’m just really proud of the way we responded after last week.”

The Bucs (4-3), coming off a 34-7 defeat at Woodbridge a week ago, wore down Cape’s defensive unit with rushing touchdowns from senior Kadin Bates, senior Rahshawn Price, junior Rodney Robinson and junior Jabraih Luke.

“We just worked together and we had great energy out there,” Robinson said.

“It was fun,” said Price. “Our offensive line opened a lot of big holes for us and we just executed.”

Freshman quarterback Shawn Saxon added a passing touchdown to senior Tyron Mifflin.

“I love watching him play,” Strickland said of Saxon. “His confidence was high, and he was bouncing around out there, getting guys set up. He was energetic, he was ready to go, and you just love seeing that from a freshman.”

Junior Rodney Robinson scored one of the Bucs’ four rushing touchdowns in Friday night’s win.

The 22-yard strike from Saxon to Mifflin opened the scoring at the 7:52 mark of the first quarter to cap a 52-yard opening drive for the Bucs’ offense.

“We wanted this game bad,” Mifflin said. “When I caught the touchdown pass, it was just energy and momentum after that.”

Milford’s defensive unit forced punts on Cape’s first two offensive possessions and quickly built a 14-0 lead following Bates’ 25-yard rushing touchdown at the 3:45 mark of the quarter.

Cape drove down the field on the ensuing possession, but a QB sneak on fourth and goal from the one-yard line came up short to turn the ball back over to the Bucs.

“We were aggressive, stayed with our task and did our job,” Mifflin said of the defensive effort.

Price turned the turnover on downs into six points, dashing down the field for a 94-yard touchdown run. The extra point from placekicker Jonathan Gaglione made it a 21-0 game with 6:51 remaining in the half.

“All I saw was green,” said a smiling Price.

A Gaglione 22-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter put the Bucs ahead 24-0 at the halftime break.

Milford opened the second half with an 80-yard, four-and-a-half-minute scoring drive, capped by Robinson’s one-yard touchdown run.

Jabraih Luke capped the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown at the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter to set-up the running clock for the Bucs.

Defensively, the Bucs forced four Cape punts, four turnovers on downs and a fumble.

“We’re finally coming together, we had a lot of energy in practice this week and we just came in and executed.” Price said.

“They knew they had something to prove after last week. They knew they wanted to come out and make a statement,” said Strickland.

“We’re still right in the mix and right in the hunt for some things. We needed this tonight, and our kids knew that, so they came out hungry and I’m just proud of the way they played.”

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