Bulldogs rout Milton in D2 showdown
"We just prepared well all week and our kids played great tonight," said Bulldogs assistant coach Tom McCoy. "We have a great team that works hard and prepares well and that usually turns into success, and we are playing really well on both sides of the ball right now."
BBA senior quarterback Jay McCoy was the top Yellowjacket killer, completing 15 of 19 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 17 times for 136 yards and two more scores.
"He is a strong player who has been a starter for us on both side of the ball for four years," McCoy said. "I am really proud of the effort he gives every week to prepare himself and his teammates are rallying around him, and he is having a terrific year."
BBA used trickery to get going early, recovering an onside kick to start the game before marching 60 yards on five plays to take a 7-0 lead just 2:15 into the game.
McCoy capped the drive with a pass to his brother, Joey, (2 catches, 53 yards) who made a leaping grab in the front-left corner of the end zone for a 24-yard score.
"Sometimes I would rather be lucky than good and that is what happens on an onside kick," McCoy said. "We thought we had a good chance with how they lined up for that and we were able to take it down and score on that first drive. "It's important to get off to a good start in high school football, especially on the road up here in Milton. They are a tough team with some real athletes."
After the teams traded turnovers to keep the score 7-0 the Bulldogs exploded in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns in less than eight minutes to take control.
McCoy had all kinds of protection from his offensive line, finding Cameron Hedberg (3 catches, 91 yards, 2 TDs) alone down the left sideline for a 20-yard score to double BBA's lead to 14-0 just 38 seconds into the second quarter.
Just under four minutes later McCoy faked a pitch and cut inside left tackle, racing 17 yards to make it 21-0 with 7:28 left in the half. Chevaughn Brownie (15 carries for 169 yards, 2 TDs) essentially put the game out of reach less than two minutes later when he cut inside left tackle before finding a seam and going 13 yards to make it 27-0.
"Offensively we just prepared well and the kids just do what they do," McCoy said. "We recognized what the defense was giving us and what is going to work to our strengths offensively based on how they are aligning and playing.
"We know who their better players are based on film and we tried to take advantage of their weaknesses."
Milton's one bright spot came when Jacob Laware (11 for 25, 119 yards, 3 Interceptions) found Tre Sherwood on a quick slant to the left. Sherwood eluded one defender and raced 65 yards down the left sideline for the Yellowjackets' only points of the night with 3:52 left in the
Senior running back Seth Herrity was Milton's leading rusher, carrying 25 times for 77 yards.
The Yellowjackets (6-1) visit Spaulding (1-5) on Saturday to close the regular season.
Friday's loss dropped Milton to third in the Division II Quality Point Ratio standings, used to determine playoff seeds. Milton is assured of at least the fourth seed and a home game in the first round of the playoffs. To move back up to No. 2, the Jackets would need an upset by 1-6
Mt. Abraham over 6-1 Fair Haven on Friday night.
"We just need to flush this one down and move on to Spaulding next week," Milton coach Jim Provost said. "Even when we win we move on to the next one, and now we just need to lick our wounds and get better."
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