Glen Este defeated Milford 42-17 in a hard-fought varsity football battle of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East (FAVE) Division contested at Milford. It was the conference opener for both squads.
The Eagles controlled almost all, but the last one minute and 38 seconds of the first half when they held a 10-0 lead on a 38-yard field goal by senior John Nagle and a 23-yard pass from senor quarterback Bryan Kerber to senior wide receiver Ty Heinmiller and Nagle kicked another conversion point. From this point on the Trojans took over.
In the last 1:38, the Purple and White took on an amazing run of points of take a 14-10 lead into the locker room. Senior tight end Jake Andres caught a 15-yard pass from junior quarterback Joey Speigel for six points and with just 20 seconds remaining, after a lost fumble by the Red and White on their own 17-yard line, senior running back Alec Scardina scored for GE powering in from the one yard line. Senior Steve Vetter successfully kicked both extra points.
The Trojans led 21-10 after the third quarter on a 20-yard Scardina haul and Vetter again split the uprights for the point after.
Glen Este increased its lead to 28-10 with less then two minutes gone in the final period on senior fullback Drew Byrd’s 11-yard sprint. Vetter kicked the extra.
Milford came back with a touchdown recorded by senior tight end Robert Overbeck on a 29-yard aerial from Kerber. Nagle kicked the conversion.
The visitors tallied the final two TDs of the evening on Scardina’s muscling over from the one and Trevor Buckman on a 30-yard burst and, as always, Vetter successfully kicked the two conversion points to conclude the contest’s scoring.
“We were able to bounce back after Milford got off to such a strong start,” said Zack Taylor, GE head coach. “The defense played solid the whole game for us. The offense struggled at the beginning, but Scardina ran well the whole game. . .
“Milford is not a bad team.
“We came out and blocked better the second half. This was a team win. The special teams played well. We’re going to have to play well every week. We’ve got a tough schedule ahead of us.”
“I’m disappointed how we finished this game. We were up 10-0 and I thought our kids kind of relaxed after that,” said Shane Elkin, Milford head coach. We switched defense and put a couple of things in and they capitalized on a few of our errors and it changed the dynamics of the game.
“The third quarter we didn’t play bad. The fourth quarter our kids kind of gave up.
“Glen Este was scrappy. I think we matched up with them pretty well, b ut our starting tailback got a concussion. . . Glen Este played well in the fourth quarter and we didn’t. I have to give their defense credit.
“(Senior Ben) Hittner played well at linebacker for us and (senior Kyle) Abner played well. We switched him from outside linebacker to defensive back and he does well as our utility player. We put him in on the strong side. He’s our best defensive player.
“”We’ve played very consistent all season. Glen Este made adjustments on us. Their Scardina did a good job on offense and (junior lineman Victor Cave) did a good job on defense.”
Scardina carried the ball 21 times for 133 yards, Byrd 10 for 52, and Buckman two for 33. Scardina caught three Spiegel tosses for 57 yards, and Andres two for 22. sophomore Tyler Burdick punted twice for a 49.5 average. Scardina returned three kickoffs for a 21.3 average. Senior back Mitchell Crooks recovered an enemy fumble.
Overbeck was the pacesetter for the Milford offense hauling in three Kerber passes for 57 yards. Senior linebacker D. J. Hacker recovered a Glen Este fumble.
Glen Este is 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the FAVC-E and Milford is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the FAVC-E.