2000 Football Recap
Milford 14, Sussex Tech 7
The Bucs finally collected their first Henlopen North win after three losses in which they were outscored by the division's toughest teams 113-14 in their three previous games. Milford trailed 7-0 but recovered when J.R. Duffy scored on a 37-yard run and quarterback Ryan Billings scored from one yard out following a 45-yard kickoff return by Vincent Leggins. The Bucs, now 1-3 in the North and 3-5 overall, were led by Duffy's 63 yards rushing and Keith Kendzierski's 61 yards.
Dover 35, Milford 0
Milford's re-entry into the Henlopen Conference Northern Division continued to be painful as the Bucs were shut out to fall to 2-5 overall. Milford committed four turnovers in the first half including three interceptions. Milford is 0-3 in the North and has been outscored 113-14 in those three games against three of the North's best teams -- Sussex Central, Caesar Rodney and Dover.
Caesar Rodney 36, Milford 14
Photo: Milford running back K.J. Kendzierski
The Buccaneers were tied with the defending Henlopen North champions with just 6 minutes left in the game but succumbed to a blizzard of CR touchdowns to fall to 0-2 in the North and 2-4 overall.
Milford tied the game 14-14 in the fourth quarter on a 56-yard touchdown run by fullback J.R. Duffy and a two-point conversion run by halfback Vincent Leggins.
But the Riders responded with three touchdowns after that to win going away.
Milford scored its first touchdown in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by K.J. Kendzierski that was set up by a long pass from quarterback Ryan Billings to Leggins.
Billings went 5-for-8 for 123 yards. Kendzierski rushed 7 times for 67 yards.
Sussex Central 42, Milford 0
For details on Milford's 42-0 loss to the state's third-ranked team in its Henlopen Conference Northern Division opener, click the score above.
Milford 22, Polytech 6
Photo: Milford quarterback Ryan Billings
Quarterback Ryan Billings' 156 yards and two touchdowns passing sparked the Bucs to their second win of the season.
Halfback Vincent Leggins caught 4 passes from Billings for 71 yards.
Now 2-2 overall, the Bucs also got 97 yards rushing and a touchdown from fullback J.R. Duffy to help overcome three fumbles inside Polytech's 20.
Smyrna 40, Milford 24
Photo: Milford end Jon Webb
The euphoria of last week's exciting victory over Woodbridge was quickly dashed by Smyrna and its phenom running back, Mike Pennewell.
A junior, Pennewell rushed for four touchdowns, eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second straight game, and overshadowed standout performance from Milford running back Vincent Leggins and quarterback Ryan Billings.
Milford trailed just 28-24 when Billings ran in from 7 yards out on the first possession of the second half. Pennewell, however, broke off a 50-yard run to set up the decisive score early in the fourth quarter.
Billings also hit end Jon Webb with a three-yard touchdown pass that pulled Milford within 20-12 at the end of the first half and tossed a 43-yard scoring strike to Leggins. Leggins ran for 76 yards on just 8 carries and scored on runs of 52 and 2 yards.
Milford 14, Woodbridge 13
For details on Milford's gutsy 14-13 victory over Woodbridge, click on the score above.
Dickinson 12, Milford 6 (OT)
Photo: Milford fullback J.R. Duffy
The Buccaneers dominated their season-opener but couldn't put up enough points to come away with a win. The Bucs' only score came on a 29-yard run by running back Vincent Leggins that tied the game 6-6 with 3:25 left in the first half.
Milford failed to score again, however, and Dickinson took the victory on Delino Bowe's overtime touchdown on third and goal.
The Bucs lost a chance to tie the game when fullback J.R. Duffy, who led Milford with 95 yards rushing, dropped a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Billings in the end zone.
The loss was a bitter one for a Milford team that compiled 143 yards rushing and 210 yards of total offense to Dickinson's 93 yards of total offense. The Buc defense was led by Matt Byrum's 17 tackles and Justin King's one-and-a-half sacks.
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