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Milford 2001
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Milford Buccaneers

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New Coach Gives Bucs
a Sense of Optimism

Photo: Lineman Josh Marvel is one of the Bucs' key returning players.

Milford High School comes off a disappointing 2000 campaign that began with an upset of Woodbridge in the season's second game but ran into a string of losses in its first season back in the rugged Henlopen Conference Northern Division.

Milford lineman Josh MarvelThe 2001 season begins with renewed optimism under first-year head coach Jim Donato, who replaces Mike Hilligoss following two 3-7 seasons.

Donato must find replacements for some key players, though, with first team all-Henlopen North linebacker Matt Byrum and defensive back Vincent Leggins lost to graduation, along with second team selections Keith Kendzierski (RB), Brock Tinley (OL), and Ryan Billings (DB). Billings also was the Bucs' starting quarterback the past two seasons.

But the Bucs do return second team end Jon Webb. They also got a break when running back Prince Kemmerlin transferred back to Milford after a year at Sussex Tech in which he was a second team Henlopen North performer.

Following is a capsule preview of the Bucs' 2001 campaign.

Head Coach: Jim Donato (first year)

2000 Record: 3-7 overall, 1-4 Henlopen North

Key Returning Players: Josh Marvel (OL/DE), Matt Bailey (WR/LB), Jon Webb (WR/FS)

Key Players Lost: Matt Byrum (LB), Ryan Billings (QB), Vincent Leggins (RB), J.R. Duffy (RB), Keith Kendzierski (TE), Brock Tinley (OL), Adam Brown

Key Newcomers: R.J. Chandler (RB/DB), Jon Stratton (QB/DB), Prince Kemmerlin (FB/DE)

Coach Donato's Comments: "Team speed and a new attitude have been strengths so far in 2001. Depth is a great concern. Our goal is to compete for a title and the playoffs."

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