MILTON, Mass. --- The two top teams in the ISL took the field on Saturday in a pivotal league match-up between undefeated (5-0) powers, Governor’s Academy and Milton Academy.
Gov’s entered Saturday’s game riding a state-best 23-game winning streak, dating back to opening day 2011.
“We knew about the winning streak and we set our minds on staying sharp all week during practice and preparing as a team.” Milton Academy safety Nelson Thomas said after the game. “We were focused on coming out and putting our foot to the gas peddle right away.”
Milton Academy would do just that, as they led from start to finish, en route to a convincing, 35-14, victory over the two-time defending league champions.
“It was just a great win,” Milton Academy head coach Kevin MacDonald said after the game. “Beating a team like that and beating them soundly was kind of a surprise and just terrific.”
Milton Academy (6-0) was led by running back Drew Jacobs, who played like a man possessed on the afternoon, starring on both sides of the ball and running for 194 yards and four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 INT).
“Winning the ISL has been our goal all along, from day one,” Jacobs explained. “This was a great win but we need to keep working each day to accomplish our ultimate goals.”
Jacobs would make an immediate impact on the game as he intercepted a first quarter pass and returned it 40 yards for a score, to give the Mustangs a 7-0 first quarter lead.
“I thought our defense did a terrific job and Drew Jacobs, as usual, was just great,” MacDonald said.
Milton quarterback Anthony Scurto showed impressive leadership, calmly running the offense all afternoon, as he picked his spots to shine.
After a key fourth down stop and leading 14-7 Scurto would conclude the first half by scrambling and finding wide receiver Jack Urquhart in the end zone, with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first half, to give the Mustangs a critical 21-7 halftime lead.
Big Play Second Half: It would become apparent that big plays would dictate Saturday’s game as the second half featured numerous swing plays that would favor the Mustangs.
Known for their frequent second half comebacks, Gov’s seized momentum at numerous points in the second half, only to be thwarted by the Milton Academy defense.
Milton defensive back Jack Cahill made the play of the game as he dove to break up a pass over the middle, rolled over on the ground, and still managed to bring in the interception.
Milton defensive end Peter Graves, who has been a presence in opposing backfields all season, made the game-sealing defensive play as he exploded off the line and recorded a strip sack, that teammate William Medina would recover, late in the fourth quarter of play.
“The biggest thing today is that we just made the big plays,” MacDonald stressed.
With two games remaining on the 2013 ISL football calendar Milton Academy now controls their own fate as they sit on top of the ISL with a 6-0 record. St. Sebastian’s defeated previously undefeated BB&N on Friday, 24-14.
Milton Academy freshman cornerback Michael Silva continued to impress with his veteran-like abilities and phenomenal ball skills. Silva intercepted his fifth pass of the season in the second half to give him the unofficial league lead through six games.
Despite not kicking any field goals on Saturday junior standout Justin Yoon showed his extreme value once again as his once-in-a-generation leg consistently booted touchbacks and gave Gov’s (5-1) little room to work with all afternoon.
Milton punter Austin Johnson, who MacDonald highlighted and praised after the game, also played a large role in the contest as he pinned Gov’s deep on multiple occasions and showed beautiful technique and execution punting the football.
Gov’s quarterback Tommy Vailas tossed two touchdowns to account for both scores as he found Jesse Gwozdz and Zach Coffey in the first and second half respectively.
Gov’s standout and All ISL performer Bug Carper left Saturday’s game with an apparent serious ankle injury. The North Carolina lacrosse commit, who is one of the top all-around athletes in the ISL, was injured on a play in which he ran the ball into a pile of Milton defenders, only to be bent back deep in Milton territory.
Gwozdz continued to show why he is regarded as one of the top overall players in New England. The Fairfield lacrosse commit, made plays in all three facets of the game, and showed his versatility out of the offensive backfield, as well as usual strong play from the outside edge on defense.