The Milford Buccaneers will open the 2018 season in just over a month, hosting Sussex Tech Friday, Sept. 7.
A past team will be celebrated at halftime when the 2008 state champion Milford Buccaneers will be inducted into the Milford Football Hall of Fame.
For the first time ever, a team as a whole will be inducted. Marking the 10-year anniversary, the entire team and staff will be honored. The team is certainly worthy of the honor, having been the first Milford football team in 34 years to make the state tournament.
“It was a real special evening,” said Mike Tkach, then the team’s head coach. “We really laid it out on the field, and I couldn’t be prouder of everybody.”
The 2008 Buccaneers finished the regular season 8-2, moving onto the Division II tournament and a first-round bye. In the second round they breezed past Wilmington Friends, 45-14, advancing to the Division II championship game at Delaware State University. The Buccaneers used big plays on both ends of the field to frustrate Laurel, winning 20-0.
Brandon LeGrand helped lead the way on offense, rushing for 225 yards on 34 carriers and finishing with two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder to begin the scoring.
“We made history,” LeGrand said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
During the ride, the Milford faithful were behind the Buccaneers every step of the way.
“The number of people that were there supporting us was just unbelievable,” Tkach said. “Laurel’s crowd was loud at times, but when you looked on our side and it was jam packed and really loud.”
Success in the postseason was a long time coming and it took a special group to get it done.
“When you’re trying to build a program and you take over a team that doesn’t have a history of a lot of success, to finally see everything come together is very special,” Tkach said. “The self-leadership, especially from the seniors, and their overall commitment was outstanding.
“Everybody worked hard and everybody stepped up.”