By Brett Barnes
Miami East 42 Milton-Union 7
When asked earlier this week what the keys to victory opening night, Coach Mark Lane stated, “We need to finish. Play 48 minutes of solid football. They have a good offense that we will need to contain on defense. Offensively, we need to take care of the football and finish drives.”
None of that happened.
Miami East dominated from start to finish winning opening night 42-7 over the battered Bulldogs. The scoring came early and often for the Vikings and Coach Max Current. After a bad snap on a punt, the Vikings took over at the M-U 11 yard line and scored in three plays on a beautiful screen pass from quarterback Conner Hellyer to Colton McKinney. Colton Kowlak nailed the point after, and it was 7-0 Vikings.
On Milton-Union’s first four possessions in the first half, they punted each time mustering just 14 total yards. The Bulldogs also struggled with penalties (8 in the first half), and Miami East took full advantage. After the opening touchdown, the Viking scored on three consecutive drives. Kurt Brower scored from 15 yards out, from two yards out, and Jacob McNulty added a two yard power run. Kowlak kicked all three extra points, and East led 28-0.
The Bulldogs finally garnered their first two first downs right before the half, but a promising drive ended on downs ending a miserable first half. Miami East totaled 178 yards of total offense in the first half to M-U’s 52.
The second half was more of the same when Miami East took the opening drive straight down the field and scored again to make it 35-0, and instituting Ohio’s new “mercy rule”. When a team trails by thirty or more, the clock continues to run shortening the game. After a three and out by the Bulldogs, the Vikings added their final score of the evening for an insurmountable 42-0 lead.
Milton’s final drive of the game belonged to Brad Stine, who powered his way through the Vikings second team defense, carrying the ball 7 times for 61 yards and a physical two yard touchdown run. Kaleb Rue added the extra point for the 42-7 final.
Milton-Union continues the home stand next Friday against Oakwood. Game time is 7:00.