Pictured: LT Overton Jr. (9), Wyatt Smalley (46) (Josh Major)
Pictured: LT Overton Jr. (9), Wyatt Smalley (46)

Josh Major

Milton vs McEachern: The Last Test

September 23, 2021

Philadelphia PA- On Saturday, September 11th the Milton Eagles made history in their win against St. Joseph’s Prep by a score of 28-21. St. Josephs Prep was on a 19-game win streak when they played Milton, however that win streak all came crashing down when the clock hit all zeros. The Hawks took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Then Milton matched the Hawks score with one of their own tying the ball game. Milton came up with a stop and turned that into a touchdown, which took the Eagles into the half leading 14-7. On Milton’s first drive out of the half, they scored again further cushioning their lead. Then St. Joseph’s answered with a touchdown putting the game at 21-14. The real highlight of the game came in the fourth quarter when the Eagles’ offense bled nearly eight whole minutes off the clock and then proceeded to score a touchdown to put the game away.

With a bye week to get back on track, the Eagles will look forward to hitting the road once again to play the Indians of McEachern in Powder Springs. This will be the last non-region game before Milton begins region play starting next week.

 

McEachern Impact Players

QB Bryce Archie (Sr.)- 44 completions, 744 total yards, 9 touchdowns, 89.5 QBR

RB Makari Bodiford (So.)- 55 carries, 229 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4.5 yards per carry

WR Kaleb Webb (Sr.)- 23 receptions, 383 yards, 6 touchdowns

For the McEachern Indians, this is not the type of season they are used to having. The Indians are currently sitting at a 2-3 record with wins coming against Kell and Hillgrove and losses against Grayson, Marietta and Newton. McEachern is a very senior-heavy team with great leadership and playing experience.

On offense, McEachern returns their star quarterback Senior Bryce Archie. Archie is rated as a three-star prospect committed to Coastal Carolina. Archie possesses a great arm thanks to his background in baseball.

McEachern’s ground game consists of two running backs Junior Peja Womack and Sophomore Makari Bodiford. Bodiford is very explosive in the open field thanks to his quickness and agility. Womack is more of a power back, grinding through the line and picking up short yards.

The main attraction for McEachern comes from their receiving core: Senior Kaleb Webb. Webb is rated as a three-star recruit committed to East Carolina. A track star, Webb has terrific speed, is quick off the line and is just an all-around athletic receiver. Receiver two goes to Junior Savion West. West is another quick receiver and a great weapon for Archie to throw to.

Defensively McEachern has had their fair share of troubles. Letting up 27 points per game is not a recipe for success no matter how good an offense is. McEachern has only been able to come up with two turnovers through five games. Senior Drake Hatcher is the biggest name for the Indians on the defensive side of the ball. Hatcher has received offers from Georgia Southern, East Carolina and Drake. Senior cornerback Justus Josephs plays a big part in McEachern’s secondary with his good play recognition and athleticism. Senior Safety Victor Okafor is also a guy to keep an eye on. He has great strength as he may also see time as a running back.

 

Milton Impact Players

QB Devin Farrell (Sr.)- 44 completions, 729 total yards, 9 touchdowns, 101.5 QBR

RB Jordan McDonald (Sr.)- 45 carries, 300 yards, 5 touchdowns, 6.6 yards per carry

DL AJ Crawford (Sr.)- 31 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 5 sacks

It took the Milton offense a quarter to get in tone against St. Joseph’s but once they were on, they got rolling. A balanced run and passing attack proved to be successful in the Eagles win two weeks ago and many other wins as well.

Senior Devin Farrell will be making his usual start this week. Against the Hawks, Farrell completed six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Rushing, Farrell went for 13 carries, 88 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Jordan McDonald had another big game against St. Josephs rushing for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Junior Scott Mozkowitz saw action on three carries for 10 yards.

Senior Adam Freas was the leading receiver catching two balls for 63 yards. Senior Jack Nickel had two catches for seven yards. Debron Gatling had the lone touchdown pass that went for seven yards.

The Milton defense had another solid game as per usual. Even the famed LT Overton made his return to the defense with limited snaps during the Philly trip. Leading the defense in tackles was Senior linebacker Owen Pauley with 10 and two tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Caleb Moran had 10 tackles as well. Junior cornerback Bryce Thornton recorded nine tackles as well as a tackle for loss. Junior safety Robert Billings made eight tackles. Senior defensive lineman AJ Crawford recorded six tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack. Senior safety Zyere Hornton made six tackles.

 

Interview with Mo Clipper

This week’s interview is with Senior Offensive Lineman Mo Clipper who is currently committed to Tennessee. Clipper is formally from McEachern before transferring over to Milton.

What is it like going back over to McEachern to play against former teammates/coaches?

  • MC: “It’s just another game on the schedule, I don’t feel a certain way about it just ready to go out there and play.”

How do you feel about your season thus far?

  • MC: “I think the season has been good for the team to this point, I’ve seen a lot of growth from the time we started in January to now.”

Who is someone that has stepped up in helping the team over the past few weeks?

  • MC: “AJ Crawford and Bryce Thornton have stepped up in a major way.”

What do you think will be the key to success for the Eagles this season

  • MC: “I think the key to success for us is to stay focused and tune out the outside noise.”

Keys to Victory: McEachern

This will be a tough challenge for the Indians given their track record against great teams this year. It will be important for McEachern’s o-line to protect Bryce Archie and let him make throws. Archie needs to be on his game too, he will need a near-perfect performance if he wants to knock of Milton. Defensively McEachern needs to pressure and get hits on Devin Farrell.

Keys to Victory: Milton

Milton’s offense will need to control the game by doing what they do best: wear teams down then strike while they are down. McDonald needs some big runs early in the game to open up the play-action for Farrell to put the Indians away. On defense the formula is simple: shut down McEachern. Get hits on Archie and force him into making mistakes then capitalize on those mistakes.

Score Prediction

Milton/34

McEachern/6

Players of the Game

Offense- Jordan McDonald

Defense- Robert Billings

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