Perhaps it was the precision passing from Nolan Rogers or the three running back attack on ground. Whatever caused an offensive burst in the second quarter of Foxboro’s 36-7 win over Milford, it was what the Warriors needed to get some separation in what was a 7-7 game after the first quarter.
“I think the kids realized at 7-7 it wasn’t going to be easy,” Foxboro head coach Jack Martinelli said.
The Warriors only needed five plays to get on the board at the start of the first quarter. Jake Pond (38 yards rushing) switched directions on a run to the left, to score a 37-yard touchdown down the right sideline.
With 4:34 left in the first quarter, the Scarlet Hawks made the most out of a fumble by Luc Valenza with a 30 yard drive to tie the game. Originally, quarterback John Hearns ran for 16 yards to earn the score but an illegal shift penalty on Milford brought the ball back to the 19-yard line.
The penalty did little to stop Milford as Quentin Orr smashed though the Foxboro defense to tie the game at 7-7.
It was the last action Orr would see as he would leave the game with an injury after the touchdown.
Getting hot in the second quarter, Rogers (12-15 passing, 130 yards) completed his first seven passes and found Jess Todd (6 catches, 49 yards) in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion to Derek Gilreath gave Foxboro a 15-7 lead with 8:25 left in the first half.
“It was important for us to really establish that (the passing). He’s (Rogers) a young kid and he gets better every week,” Martinelli said. Last week he really came of age and I think he took some big strides tonight.”
The Warriors would quickly find themselves in scoring position again thanks to a pair of back-to-back catches from Tim O’Halloran (5 catches, 75 yards) to get from the Milford 44-yard line down to the five.
Rogers would complete the drive again, this time on the ground with a five-yard keeper with 5:25 remaining in the half. The Foxboro quarterback threw to Todd for his second conversion of the game.
The 22-point second quarter was capped off with a 80-yard,11-play drive that resulted in Valenza (51 yards rushing) punching the ball in from two yards away with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was no good.
The ground game continued to work in Foxboro’s favor during the second half with the Warriors primarily relying on their running backs for the third and fourth quarters. Keeyon Neal (57 yards rushing) finished off an 11-play drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown that made it 36-7 late in the third quarter.
Foxboro is back on the road next week when they face Canton on Oct. 18.