All good things must come to an end is an old adage that perfectly describes last week’s Indian River football team’s contest with Henlopen Conference South Division foe Milford.
The Indians’ three-game win streak was no more following a 48-6 loss to the Buccaneers last Friday, Oct. 26. Milford exploded for 35 second-half points after the Indians trailed their hosts 13-0 heading into the halftime intermission.
“A couple of big plays by (Milford) in the second half was really the difference in the game,” IR head coach said of his team’s loss. “Turnovers have really been a battle we’ve struggled with all year. We did a good job the past couple of weeks. It hurts to throw a ‘Pick 6,’ and it really was really deflating for us there. But the kids never gave up, which they’ve done all year. We are still battling in these games even while dealing with all the injuries.”
The Indians turned the ball over four times — two fumbles and two interceptions — that led to 28 Milford points. Despite that, they were in the game through the first two quarters before the proverbial wheels fell off in the second half.
IR ran 58 plays on offense, but managed just 208 total yards. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bowen connected on 5-of-17 pass attempts for 101 yards. All of his completions going to junior Nicholas Angelo.
Ta’Jon Knight led the Indians’ running game with 52 yards on 10 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run for the only IR score of the game. Reshawn Turner added 44 stripes on 17 totes.
“Offensively, we struggled to block their two interior guys, and that had been something we’d been doing well the past couple of weeks,” Townsend added. “Defensively, we played well in the front seven, but our secondary — really our safeties — missed some reads in the run game. (Milford) scored quick right before the half, and that also deflated us there a bit.”
Milford — who saw its record improve to 5-3 on the season — picked up 338 yards of total offense on 35 plays.
Zach Schultz had a team-high seven tackles for IR, while TJ Moore added five stops. Angelo was credited with a pair of tackles, and a drive-stopping interception in the end zone. Jodiah Morris, RJ Rybicki and JaQuan Floyd each had four tackles as well.
The Indians will take on a very tough Woodbridge team this week. The Blue Raiders are coming off an impressive 42-6 win over St. Mark’s last week that ran their season record to 6-2, which extended their current winning streak to five games.
St. Mark’s had defeated IR back in Week 3 by a score of 55-14, so Townsend knows his squad is facing a daunting task this week.
“We certainly know we have a tough game this week,” admitted Townsend. “We have to be able to compete, while limiting our mistakes and turnovers. (Woodbridge), in my opinion, are one of the top 2-3 teams in the state right now. They are playing very well.”
By Jason Feather