Preps for Delmar
Milford 41, Polytech 0
Photos: Milford receiver Ben Tilghman (top) and linebacker Kris Kendzierski
The Milford High School football team tuned up for one of the biggest games in the program's history with the easy nonconference victory.
The Bucs rose to 3-1 overall with their third shutout of the season as they prepare to host two-time Division II and Henlopen Conference Southern Division champion Delmar in their first conference game on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Sussex County Online's Game of the Week.
"We really got a lot of the total aspects of the game," said first-year Milford head coach Mike Tkach of the win over Polytech. "We hit some passes and our passing game went pretty well. We had a lot of different people scoring, which is great, especially on Homecoming."
The Bucs took advantage of a Polytech fumble and a blocked punt by Bruce Benton to score 20 points in the first period on 2-yard runs by halfback R.J. Chandler and fullback Prince Kemmerlin and a 7-yard run by halfback Karel Devore.
Ben Tilghman then put Milford up 27-0 in the second period on a 16-yard reverse. Quarterback Jon Stratton made it 34-0 by halftime with a 46-yard run.
Chandler finished the Bucs' scoring with an 18-yard run on the way to 68 yards for the game.
"We really spread it around," said Tkach. "The offense is clicking, which is exciting and builds confidence. The kids are learning how to win and learning how to put teams away."
Tkach was particularly pleased with sophomore running back Rashad Waples, who effectively spelled Chandler against Polytech."
"Rashad did an excellent job for us," said Tkach. "We started working him in with the first unit to give R.J. a break and he's really performing for us like we need him to."
The Bucs have been equally impressive on defense with their third shutout. In four games, Milford has surrendered just 6 points. All three of its wins have been by shutout.
Tkach said he credits defensive coordinator with the defense's performance. Johnson, he says, handles the defense, while he and Mike Hilligoss take care of the offense.
"I can't complain about the defense," said Tkach. "Chris is just doing a wonderful job on that side of the ball. He's getting the kids into position and using our strengths as far as blitz packages and getting our athletes into position to make plays. So far the boys have been playing aggressively and getting off the ball hard and making plays."
Now, the Bucs will make a rare appearance in a truly big game as they host Delmar.
While Delmar is used to this atmosphere and is coming off a major 31-0 victory over Laurel in its Henlopen South opener, it has been 15 years since Milford had a winning season.
"We have an incredible test this week with Delmar," said Tkach. "They have such a nice tradition there. I've always said I want to be Delmar in the middle of the state. That's where I want this program to come to, where we're winning every year and hopefully getting into the playoffs. It will take a lot of dedication and a lot of people's hearts to keep this ball rolling the way we want it to go."
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