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1A high school football preview: Milford at Monticello

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 25 2011 12:13 a.m. MDT

Milford (2-8) at Monticello (8-2)

1A state tournament quarterfinal

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: Monticello by 33

All-time series: Monticello leads 10-0

Coach vs. coach: Monticello's Lee Chadwick leads Milford's Brian Williamson, 2-0

Last meeting: Oct. 19, 2011, Monticello 47, Milford 15

Monticello knows exactly what to expect when it hosts Milford in the 1A quarterfinals this Friday. Last Wednesday, the Buckaroos trounced the Tigers 47-15 in their regular-season finale after racing to a 40-7 halftime lead.

Monticello is the No. 2 seed heading into the state tournament, and most expect a similar outcome against the seventh-seeded Tigers, one of the youngest teams in 1A football this year.

"They recognize we have to beat Milford. I think they're going to be awfully confident; obviously we handled them so easily, but they really don't take anything to their head," said Monticello coach Lee Chadwick.

Austin Maloy and Austin Wilcox have been dominant running backs for Monticello all year, and both should have great games against a Milford defense that gave up a state-record 451 rushing yards to Altamont's Kyle Foy just a few weeks ago.

While Maloy and Wilcox have garnered most of the headlines for Monticello's running game this year, a couple of unheralded seniors have been a big part of their success.

"Adam Black and John Cafferty have performed really well for us on the offensive line and allowed our running backs to gain the notoriety," said Chadwick.

Monticello's only two losses this year were to 3A school Carbon and Duchesne. Monticello would love another shot at 1A's top team in the state championship game in a few weeks.

"We came out against Duchense and we just didn't follow our game plan very well, and we just kind of got caught there and it was the same mistake over and over," said Chadwick.

There were mistakes the Buckaroos hadn't made all year, and ones Chadwick is confident he won't see again, whether it's in the quarterfinals this week against Milford or later in the playoffs.

The Monticello/Milford winner meets the Layton Christian/Altamont winner in the 1A semifinals at Wasatch High School on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

Milford statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 15.1 ppg

Scoring defense: 31.2 ppg

Passing leader: Jalin Hardy (20-27, 74.1%, 214 yards, 4 TDs, 5 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Braxton Higgins (46 carries, 226 yards, 0 TDs), Braxton Davis (42 carries, 234 yards, 3 TDs), Wade Netto (18 carries, 187 yards, 3 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Mauricio Hernandez (29 receptions, 308 yards, 3 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Wade Netto (67 total tackles), Jared Ihde (65 total tackles)

Sacks leaders: Daniel Hardy (8 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Mauricio Hernandez (3 interceptions)

Note: Does not include Week 10 stats

Monticello statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 40.5 ppg

Scoring defense: 20.0 ppg

Passing leader: Brian Robinson (27-69, 39.15%, 501 yards, 6 TDs, 7 INTs)

Rushing leaders: Austin Wilcox (98 carries, 714 yards, 13 TDs), Austin Maloy (86 carries, 599 yards, 5 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Jonah Cafferty (10 receptions, 193 yards, 1 TD), Jake Duncan (6 receptions, 205 yards, 4 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Austin Wilcox (38 total tackles), Terek Espin (33 total tackles)

Sacks leaders: Not provided

Interceptions leader: Brian Robinson (2 interceptions)

Note: Does not include stats from Week 6, 8, 9 and 10.

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