Milford falls flat against Trinity

MANCHESTER – Junior running back Mark Madigan and junior quarterback Max Urda each recorded a rushing touchdown for the Milford High School football team in a 38-13 loss against host Trinity on Saturday night at Gill Stadium.

“We did some great stuff offensively,” Spartans coach Keith Jones said. “We made too many mistakes between the holding penalties and the turnovers. (We) must have had five (or) six turnovers – just can’t do that especially when you’re struggling on defense then you can’t really turn the ball over because you got to make the most of every offensive possession.”

Junior running back Saikou Bah led the way for the Pioneers (3-2) with two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and a pair of 2-point conversions (one receiving, one rushing).

Trinity began the scoring when junior quarterback Hunter Hannon connected with senior captain and tight end Ryan Boldwin for a 13-yard touchdown. Junior captain and running back Nick Perdue would run in the 2-point conversion with 7:44 left in the opening quarter.

The Spartans (4-2) would respond with an 11-play drive that would cover 64 yards and conclude with Madigan finding the back of the end zone from 3 yards out to cut the Pioneers lead to 8-6 with 3:45 left in the opening quarter.

Bah would respond for Trinity by finding the end zone from 24 yards out on the next Pioneers’ drive, then tack on two more off a pass from Hannon.

On the final play of the first quarter, Perdue would run 50 yards to the Milford 47. Junior captain and running back Will Sheppard would finish the drive in the opening moments of the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run – followed by Bah’s 2-point rush – giving Trinity a 24-6 edge.

Trinity would strike one more time in the opening half when Hannon and Bah connected through the air for a 44-yard touchdown. Brennan Senecal would add the PAT kick to send the Pioneers into the locker room up 31-6.

The Spartans came out of halftime with a purpose as they would embark on a 10-play drive that covered 57 yards and featured a 19-yard run from junior running back Bryce Walker and a conversion on fourth down.

Urda would finish the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Junior Jack Briggs would add the PAT to cut the Pioneers advantage to 31-13 with 8:17 remaining in the third quarter.

Bah would rush into the end zone from 10 yards out with 4:21 left in the third quarter and Senecal added the PAT to finish the scoring at 38-13.

“Hopefully rectify why we came out so flat,” said Jones about what his team is going to work on and focus on in practice. “It wasn’t really our style of football we played.”

Milford will have a bye next week and then will play Windham and Manchester West in the next two games.