Milford rolls to homecoming football win over Seaford

MILFORD – Losing focus would have been easy.

After all, the Milford High football team was hosting winless Seaford Friday night for homecoming and less than four minutes into the game the Buccaneers had to sit through a two-hour weather delay.

Milford's defense stopped Seaford from scoring in a 48-0 rout. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford’s defense stopped Seaford from scoring in a 48-0 rout. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

But potential playoff teams don’t lose focus and after moving to 4-1 on the season with a 48-0 win over the hapless Blue Jays the Bucs are being mentioned as one of those possible postseason squads for the first time in several years.

“Keep them focused,” head coach Shaun Strickland said was what the Milford staff did to kill the two-hours of downtime. “We weren’t happy with our first defensive series even though we got them out (Seaford turned the ball over on downs). To be perfectly honest, our guys were chomping at the bit. They wanted back on the field, it’s their homecoming and they were ready to go. It wasn’t hard to keep them focused.”

After play resumed, sophomore David Bowman rushed for three of his four touchdowns in the first half, during which Milford built a 42-0 lead. Bowman, who added a fourth TD in the third quarter before Milford pulled its starters, scored on runs of 19, 5, 30 and 24 yards.

Freshman Rashawn Price added a rushing touchdown for Milford, which was able to run at will against Seaford thanks to the large holes opened up by the offensive line. That line is bolstered by a pair of senior tackles Jose Ortiz and Tyler Norwood.

“We know if we are all in sync, get to our assignments and move our feet that we’re strong enough to move people off the ball,” Norwood said.

“It’s a family thing,” Ortiz added. “This year we’re a tight family. We do everything together.”

Special teams and defense added to Friday night’s family victory. Senior Rakwon Williams returned a punt 38 yards for a first quarter touchdown and just before halftime senior Michael Holstein took an interception 44 yards to the house. Meanwhile, the Bucs D as a whole held Seaford to well under 100 total yards.

“A lot of good things tonight,” Strickland said. “We came out and ran the ball well. I don’t think he got enough credit, but (senior tight end Shawn) Snowden set the edge all night for us, clearing lanes for Price and Bowden.”

While it might be too early to think about the postseason yet, Milford knows every win the Bucs earn during the second half of the season gets them closer to reaching that goal. Next up for the squad is Friday’s trip to Dagsboro where Milford will meet a resurgent Indian River team that has won two straight.

“Every game counts,” Strickland said. “In conference, if we are fortunate enough to come out with a Henlopen South title that gets us a playoff game. That’s what we want the most, it keeps our season going.

“There’s a great energy,” he added. “We come out to practice and go hard all day. They want to keep winning.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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