The Milford High football team threw a scare into Stoughton Friday night before ending up on the losing end of a 41-20 decision at home. The 0-3 Hawks will be at Canton next Friday night.
Stoughton got a huge night out of Malachi Baugh, who scored three touchdowns as the Black Knight improved to 3-0. The Black Knights will be hosting Oliver Ames next Friday.
"We played our best half of football in the second half," said Milford first-year head coach Joe Todd. "We've just got to clean some things up on defense.
"I think we have got to be one of the best 0-3 teams around."
On the other sidelines, the Black Knights were happy to get on Route 495 for the ride home with a victory.
"I'll take it," said Stoughton head coach Greg Burke. "Being 3-0 is better than 0-3. We have a long way to go and we have to iron some things out."
Milford made a run at Stoughton in the fourth quarter, but the Black Knights' lead was too much for the 0-3 Hawks to overcome.
In the third quarter, the Hawks got on the scoreboard when junior
quarterback John Hearns fought his way through the Black Knights'
defense for a 28-yard score, cutting Stoughton's lead to 27-6.
Stoughton answered with 48-yard run by Blaugh, who faked out a Milford defensive back, racing into the end zone for a 33-6 lead.
Milford's Joe Kalaghan recovered a Stoughton fumble at the Black Knights' 20. Two plays later, Hearns went into the end zone for a five-yard score, cutting the lead to 33-13.
On the kickoff, Milford got another fumble recovery. This time on a fourth down and goal from the fourth yard line, Hearns rolled out and found David Abrego for the touchdown. Ryan Canole kicked the extra-point, cutting the lead to 33-20.
"I have great kids and they are ticked off when ever they give up any points," Burke said.
The Milford defense stopped the Black Knigh offense, forcing a punt by Lennox Green, who pinned the Hawks deep in their own end zone. The Black Knights turned into points on the scoreboard when Kevin Lucas Jr. sacked Hearns for the safety, increasing the margin to 35-20.
When the Black Knights got the ball back on the kickoff, Stoughton fullback Joe Girolamo dragged half the Hawks' defense into the end zone for a 26-yard score and the final points of the night.
After winning the pre-game coin toss, Milford deferred to the second half and the Black Knights made them pay right away. Blaugh went 74 yards through the Hawks' defense. Joe DeGirolamo added the first of three extra-point kicks for a 7-0 lead.
"No. 25 (Blaugh) has great, great speed," said Todd. "They run the Wing-T with four plays, but have to defend them all."
Things didn't get any better for the Hawks the first time they got the ball. Iovani Pires stepped in front of a pass from Hearns. That set-up up another Blaugh touchdown as he went in from 12-yards out to finish off a four-play 51-yard drive for a 14-0 lead.
The first time the Black Knights got the ball in the second quarter,
they were able to increase the lead to 20-0. After being stopped twice
by the Milford defense inside the five-yard line, Pires went in from a
Right before the first half ended, Green used his speed to get through the Hawk defense, running for a 69-yard score and a 27-0 halftime lead.