NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Milford Academy broke open a 16-12 game by scoring the final 26 points Sunday afternoon against the Yale junior varsity football team at Clint Frank Field for a 42-12 win.
Two Yale punts and one Milford Academy punt added up to a scoreless first quarter. But as the quarter ended, the Falcons were on the Yale three-yard line thanks in large part to a 40-yard completion. Milford ran the ball in on the first play of the second quarter, taking a 7-0 lead.
Milford added two more points when a high snap on a Yale punt attempt deep in Bulldogs territory forced sophomore kicker/punter Parker Toms to race back to the ball and kick it over the back line in the end zone, sacrificing a safety to avoid more disastrous consequences.
A pass interference call helped Milford convert a third-and-16 midway through the second quarter, and the Falcons eventually finished that drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to go up 16-0 with 4:34 left.
The Bulldogs got a spark on the ensuing kickoff when freshman tailback Max Archuleta returned it 75 yards to the Milford seven. But freshman quarterback Logan Scott's pass was batted in the end zone and then intercepted to end the threat.
Milford Academy appeared ready to keep the shutout intact heading into halftime, but a personal foul call on a Falcon punt wound up giving the ball to the Yale offense at the Milford 40 with 37 seconds left. Completions to senior wide receiver Chris Morris and freshman wide receiver Matthew Rubino got the ball to the 14, and from there Scott hit senior tight end Jordan Jefferson for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked, so Yale went into halftime down 16-6.
The scoring started to pick up in the third quarter, when a 65-yard run by Archuleta set up a four-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Rubino. The two-point conversion failed, but Yale was within four.
The Bulldogs got the ball back with a chance to take the lead when freshman defensive back Thomas Undercuffler recovered a Milford fumble at the Yale 26 on the next play from scrimmage. But the Bulldogs failed to get a first down on a fourth-and-one run from their own 32, and that enabled Milford Academy to start its scoring run with a touchdown pass on the next play. The extra point was blocked, but Yale now trailed 22-12.
Freshman linebacker Aaron Ault set the Yale offense up at the Milford 11 by recovering a fumble at 8:57 of the fourth. But Scott's pass on the next play was tipped, intercepted in the end zone and returned all the way for a touchdown that put Milford up 29-12.
Yale's next drive ended with a Milford interception at the Falcon goal line. On the next play, an 80-yard touchdown run extended Milford's lead to 36-12 with 6:14 left. The Falcons tacked on one more touchdown, this one on a 13-yard run, with 1:51 to play. The extra point was no good, leaving the final score at 42-12.
The Yale JV team plays again on Oct. 28, hosting Bridgton Academy.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity