MILAN — The rivalry game between the Milan Bulldogs and the Huntingdon Mustangs last year was a lopsided score in favor of the Bulldogs as they shut out Huntingdon on their home turf by 27.
This year, Huntingdon dominated the Bulldogs on their home turf as they jumped up to a four-touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 49-14 victory with a running clock throughout much of the second half.
“We beat a very good team tonight and did it in impressive fashion,” Huntingdon head coach Eric Swenson said. “I feel like we have something really special going with this team that we have right now. We had a great week of practice this week and we just got some momentum in this game and never let up.”
“We played an outstanding football game tonight.”
Milan started the game out with the football, but on the second play of the game the Mustangs recovered a fumble at the Bulldog 24-yard line.
It took Huntingdon five offensive plays to get its first touchdown of the night as Dylan Johnson ran the ball in from two yards out.
That touchdown was only the beginning of the night for the quarterback as he rushed for over 100 yards and ran in four touchdowns, three of those in the first quarter.
In the final seconds of the first quarter, Huntingdon came up with a huge defensive play as Zach Dodson recovered a fumble at the Huntingdon 35-yard line and returned it for a touchdown, putting Huntingdon up 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Milan scored its first touchdown of the game with 9:59 left in the half as Landon Walker connected with Trey Moore on a 26-yard touchdown pass giving Milan some hope.
However, Dylan Johnson had a different idea as he took the following kickoff back to the Bulldog 16-yard line. A few plays later, Zach Dodson ran the ball in from 14 yards out to make the score 35-7.
Dodson also added one more touchdown run with 1:42 left in the half as he ran a 23-yard touchdown to make the score 42-7 at the half.
“This was a total team effort for us tonight,” Swenson said. “It all starts with our offensive and defensive line. Our defense played outstanding tonight and our offense did exactly what they needed to do against a good defense. If we can continue to play at this level and with this intensity, we will have a very good season.”
The Mustangs move to 3-0 with this win and will host Perry County in Region 6-1A action next week.
“This is a great win for our team and program, but we still have some good region games ahead of us,” Swenson said. “We have Perry County next week and also have some other good region opponents ahead of us as well. I just want these guys to continue to work harder and improve on what we do and the rest of it all will take care of itself.”