Last season, the Milford Buccaneers began the year dropping two of their first three games. They went on to lose only one more, finishing 7-3 overall before earning a trip to the DIAA Division II Football state championship game.
This year didn’t start out much different for the Bucs, as they fell in their first two games. Milford responded with three straight victories over Polytech, Seaford and Laurel. They were able to change their fortunes after one-sided losses to Sussex Tech and Delaware Military Academy which saw the Bucs outscored a combined 67-20.
Over their three-game winning streak, the Bucs posted 30 or more points in all three games, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 119-14.
With eyes on getting back to the postseason this year, the Buccaneers are focused on doing things right during their final games.
“We’re simply looking to keep seeing this team grow, we’re into conference play now and every game matters,” said head coach Shaun Strickland. “We can’t take anyone lightly and we have to give it everything we have week in and week out.”
After a tough matchup against Woodbridge last week, Milford turns to this week’s opponent, the Cape Henlopen Vikings.
The Vikings have struggled most of the year, losing each of their first four games, falling to Delmar, Suitland (Md.), Northeast (Md.) and defending Division I state champions Smyrna.
Despite their first win in week five against Polytech, the Vikings have had trouble getting anything going on the offensive side of the ball and even more problems keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Cape has topped 20 points on offense just once while giving up 20 or more points on defense in all five games, including three giving up 40 points or more.
Now past the midway point of the season, the Buccaneers will look ahead toward the home stretch of their schedule, with matchups looming against Indian River, Delmar and Lake Forest.
After trying to spoil Cape’s homecoming this week, Milford will host their 2018 homecoming next week against Indian Rive. Their final home game is the following week against Delmar.
Milford will close out the season with the annual rivalry against Lake Forest, the Battle of the