After a slow start, losing their first 4 games, the Milton High Wildcats have been providing their die-hard fans with plenty to cheer about as they continue to improve every week. Coach Jim Bowes, using a balanced offense of running and passing, defeated the Brookline Warriors at Parsons Field 32-14.
The Wildcats first win was against Wellesley and the following week gave Needham plenty to worry about before losing 31-20. But Framingham was when the defensive unit stepped up causing several turnovers giving the Wildcats their second win over the Flyers 10-6.
The Warriors (1-7), like Milton, have struggled against the larger schools, but this game was evenly matched and provided plenty of excitement for the fans. The Wildcats were looking to even the score after losing to Brookline last year at home.
Milton would get on the scoreboard first after Liam Collins threw a 40-yard pass to Andrew Hunt who dragged several Warriors with him into the endzone. Joe Kennedy kicked the extra point and the Wildcats took the lead 7-0.
Not to be outdone, the Warriors got on the board next with their own score and tied the game 7-7.
Milton’s Leroy Goodman drove in for the next score, but Kennedy’s kick was blocked giving the Wildcats the lead 13-7. The Warriors came right back taking the lead 14-13.
As the half was closing out Collins passed his way into field goal territory and Kennedy would kick a 36-yard field goal as time ran out on the clock taking back the lead 16-14.
The Wildcats would control the third quarter on offense with two TD’s. First a 48 yard race into the end zone by Leroy Goodman and then a 12 yard TD pass to Kareem Patterson. Kennedy’s kick would make one out of two points after giving the Wildcats the lead 29-14.
In the fourth quarter the Warriors took to the air on almost every play only to be stopped by the Milton defense. Kennedy would kick another field goal adding to the Wildcats lead 32-14 and the third consecutive win for the Wildcats.
“This was a defensive battle on both sides," said Bowes, "But Joe Kennedy’s field goal before the half was critical for us and kept the momentum going into the second half of the game.”
Next up for the Wildcats will be a home game against Norwood at 7 p.m. Friday November 2.