RECAP, VIDEO & PHOTOS: Silva Leads Milton Academy to Win Over Governor’s
Video by Jeremy Weiner for Mass Prep Stars
Recap and Photos by Ryan Kilian/Mass Prep Stars
BYFIELD, Mass. – Governor's Academy and Milton Academy met on Saturday, in a rematch of last year's ISL contest that saw Milton defeat Gov's, 35-14. Despite battling a weathered and mud-packed Sager Bowl field, both teams fought hard in the trenches in the tough field conditions.
When the final horn sounded it would be Milton Academy, who would come out victorious for the second straight year, knocking off previously unbeaten Gov's, 22-6.
Milton Academy received a stellar team defensive effort, as they shut down the powerful and productive Gov's running game.
Milton was led by talented sophomore RB/DB Mike Silva '17, who had his hand in all three touchdowns for the victors.
Gov's (5-1) hits the road this weekend as they travel to Bentley University in Waltham, Mass to take on BB&N for a 12 p.m. Saturday game.
Milton (4-2) will take their three-game winning streak to Concord on Saturday where they will battle Middlesex at 2:30 p.m.
5 Who Shined
Mike Silva ’17 – RB/DB – Silva (pictured below) did it all on Saturday for Milton. The 5-foot-9 running back/defensive back had three touchdowns on the day and helped his team hold a powerful Governor's offense to just six points on the afternoon. Silva started things off as he took a hand-off 22 yards for the first touchdown of the day for Milton in the opening quarter.
Silva followed that up by taking a pass out of the backfield 73 yards to the house for his second score of the day. He completed the scoring by tossing a 68-yard halfback pass for a touchdown in the final quarter on one of the best play calls we have seen this season.
Silva also excelled on the defensive side of the ball, as he played strong man coverage from his cornerback position and provided excellent run support in the ground game. His explosiveness and quickness to the ball is some of the best that we have seen on the defensive side of the ball all season.
The sophomore finished the day with over 200 yards of total offense (63 yards rushing, 73 receiving yards, 68 yards passing) to go with his three touchdowns.
Domenic Cozier ’16 – WR – The athletic junior has also been extremely versatile for Milton Academy this season. Cozier played wide receiver and worked a little our of the backfield on the afternoon. Cozier possesses breakaway speed, which he showed off when he beat his man and outran the defense for a 68-yard touchdown catch in the final quarter of the game. The halfback pass play resulted in the game's final touchdown. Cozier's athleticism and speed compliment his versatility. All three attributes helped him on both sides of the ball Saturday.
Jeff Brown ’15 – LB/WR – The senior linebacker stood out on the defensive side of the ball all afternoon, especially setting the tone early in the game. While his D-Line group did a great job of neutralizing the offensive line, Brown used his speed to explode to the open holes and make the hit. His gap responsibility was excellent and his sideline-to-sideline speed was evident all game. The senior captain has added size and strength from last season and is one of the most improved defensive players we have seen this year.
Christian Williams ’16 – DL/OL – This recognition could go to any of the Milton Academy lineman, who all played equally magnificent on the day. The unit of Bobby Gilmore '15, Charles Stenhouse '15, Christian Williams '16 and company did a great job battling the excellent Gov's O-Line group. Williams came up with a big second half fumble recovery and also had an important tackle for loss on a critical third down play late in the game. The 6-foot-0, 200 pound junior plays bigger than his size and is very active and aggressive at the line of scrimmage.
Seth Harrell ’16 – QB – Harrell did a nice job of throwing the football on the day, as the running conditions and stout Milton Academy defense proved to be too much for a successful ground game. Harrell showed a nice ability to find his intermediate targets and moved well in and out of the pocket. He completed the lone touchdown pass to WR Zach Coffey and led two strong drives late in the game that resulted in one score.
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