Bedford High School scored 38 minutes into the game, but a deep, talented Milton High School football team tallied the next five touchdowns, as the visitors emerged from their first trip to Sabourin Field with a 35-21 win Saturday afternoon.
The matchup was less than three days old, as the original opponent, Malden Catholic, had to bow out because of issues with Covid-19.
Bedford’s Mike Delia, taking a handoff on the opening kickoff return from Jayvon Williams, dashed 86 yards down the left sideline before he was stopped four yards from the endzone. Delia suffered a sprained ankle on the play.
On second-and-goal, quarterback Jake Morrison ran two yards for the score and Nick Tatarczuk added the point after touchdown.
Milton tied the score on a 60-yard drive, and then took a one-touchdown lead when Amari Marsman intercepted a swing pass and returned it 55 yards. The Wildcats took a 21-yard halftime lead after a 35-yard run from Alex Perez-Ruiz.
The second half began with almost as much promise as the first half for the Bucs, as they recovered Tatarczuk’s onside kick. But on the next play, a 15-yard penalty suppressed the drive, and Bedford punted with nine-and-a-half minutes in the period.
Milton put the game away with two touchdowns in a span of about two minutes. Two plays after the Bedford punt, Chare Vaughan, evading what looked like a certain sack, somehow connected with Cassius Toussaint on a 61-yard pass play. Then after a quick Bedford three-and-put, Milton returned Adam Legere’s punt 40 yards, setting up a 10-yard run to a score on the next play.
Bedford responded with two touchdown drives, each culminated by a Morrison-to-Charlie Naylor pass. The first, with three-and-a half-minutes to play in the third quarter, was 25 yards across the middle. Then with a little more than two minutes remaining in the game, Morrison threaded the needle to Naylor, who hauled it in over the defense in the left corner of the endzone.
Morrison, a junior, completed 11 passes for 138 yards to four receivers. He also was the workhorse on the ground with 25 carries.
Bedford returns to Dual County League action vs. Boston Latin next weekend in Boson.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 781-983-1763