-Bulldogs Ground the Arrows 57-28
By Brett Barnes
September 26 is now a day of historical significance for not one, but two reasons: It is Olivia Newton John’s birthday and M-U football rushing records. Both are now noted in history because of one simple clause “Let’s Get Physical.” The Milton-Union Bulldogs, led by Senior Brad Stine’s school record 393 rushing yards on 46 carries, grounded the flying Arrows of Preble Shawnee 57-28 at Preble Friday night.
Preble had to be considered the favorite coming into the contest at 3-1, but the Bulldogs struck first on Stine’s first TD of the night, a two yard plunge. The two point conversion failed, and it was 6-0 Dogs.
Just two plays later, all-everything back Brandon Frost (262 yards rushing) broke through the Milton defense, and 61yds later it was 6-6. Layne Brown added the extra point, a P-S led 7-6. Ironically, this was the only lead they would have in the game.
On the second drive of quarter number two, Stine ran the ball four out of five plays, the last a 78yd gallop on a beautifully blocked play. He added the two point conversion himself, and with 7:18 left in the half, the score stood M-U 14, Shawnee 7.
Just five plays later, Preble scored on a Joby Williams 7yd quarterback sneak. Again Brown was true, and the scoreboard lights flashed 14-14 with 6:05 left in the half.
The next possession by M-U was the most important possession of the football game. Milton kept the ball for virtually the rest of the half and methodically marched 60yds on 14 plays chewing up time and turf and defenders. Blake Smith ended the drive with a 1yd quarterback sneak. Again, Stine added the two point conversion, and both teams trotted to the half with the score: Bulldogs 22, Preble 14.
Krue Thwaits took the opening kickoff of the second half all the way to the Arrow 22yd line on a nifty run. Stine then ran it four times and scored his third touchdown of the game. The conversion was unsuccessful, and it was 28-14.
Last year at Milton, the Arrows scored 54 points on the Bulldog defense, so a shootout looked inevitable. It never happened. The Bulldog defense dominated the third quarter not allowing a point on four Arrow possessions when it mattered most, and Preble had no answer for #24. His fourth touchdown of the game and the two point conversion by Chase Martens made it 36-14. Then on the next Bulldog possession in a role reversal, Martens followed with a touchdown of his own, and Stine added the two points, making it an insurmountable 44-14 heading into quarter number four.
Preble added an early touchdown in the fourth, but it was answered by Stine’s 5th touchdown of the game at the 6:11 mark. Again Preble scored late, but Martens scored even later on a 44yd run. This time, Stine kicked the extra point ending the scoring at 57-28.
M-U now stands 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the Buckeye division of the SWBL. Next week is home-coming, and the Bulldogs host Madison. Game time is 7:00.