Milford dominates West from opening snap
MANCHESTER – Opening a football game with five straight scoring drives will generally result in a victory and that was the case for the Milford Spartans on Friday night, earning a solid 35-13 win over Manchester West.
After starting their first drive on the West 30-yard line, the Spartans needed just two plays to get on the board, with senior Sean Hanrahan’s 21-yard run providing Milford with its first six points.
Senior Gavin Urda followed with a 27-yard run and a successful two-point conversion run four and a half minutes later, and Emmanuel Ughu added a three-yard dive into the end zone just under a minute before the conclusion of the first quarter.
Urda added a 39-yard touchdown run joined with another two-point conversion and Hanrahan earned his second touchdown from an 11-yard score with 5:22 left in the half. Liam Daly notched an extra point to give Milford a 35-0 lead they’d keep in place until the second half, when Xavier Burpee added a pair of touchdown runs from six and 44 yards out respectively.
“Sean Hanrahan was unbelievable,” said Milford head coach Keith Jones. “Even when he didn’t have the ball, some of the blocks he threw as a little guy were unbelievable. I think he had his best game as a Spartan.”
West Head Coach Tom Bozoian praised the Milford offense and Milford’s sportsmanship as well, with the game seeing only four penalties between both teams.
“They’re a classy group for one thing. Coach Jones knows what he’s doing. He’s a classy guy,” said Bozoian. “The game got out of hand in the first half, we’re a little banged up, but that’s no excuse. They’re just a better football team all around. Our kids played hard, but they’re just a good football team.”
Burpee finished the night with 142 of West’s 201 yards on the ground, 96 of which came on a pair of breakout runs in the second half.
Urda led the way for Milford with five rushes for 118 yards, connecting on two of his three passes for 24 yards through the air.
As a team, Milford ran for 228 total yards on the evening.
Milford (2-0) will host Pelham next Friday while West (1-1) welcomes Pembroke. Both games begin at 6 p.m.