MILTON, Ga. — Milton head coach Adam Clack has dubbed it “the climb.” The focus on preparation, on “winning” each practice and understanding that every day and every bit of work is vital to success.
On Friday night, the climb culminated with a lopsided, 44-15 win over Collins Hill in the first round of the playoffs. It was the Eagles’ fourth playoff win in 68 seasons.
“I’m just so thankful to a great group of kids and a great community,” Clack said following the win. “We have great energy heading into this second season, the playoffs, and we’re extremely happy that Eagle nation gets another week.”
Milton’s defense had an impressive showing Friday night, limiting Collins Hill to a single, late offensive touchdown. Clack again stated preparation was key with Milton facing a Wing-T offense for the first time this season.
“All week we were very specific about coaching our guys up and how to take away their bread and butter plays,” Clack said. “The boys are so coachable and the defensive staff did such a great job with the scheme.”
Milton’s defense allowed just three first downs entering the fourth quarter and safety Joseph Charleston returned an interception for a touchdown.
“The defense played disciplined and inspired the whole game,” Clack said.
After an inauspicious start, Milton’s offense racked up 44 unanswered points.
On the opening drive of the game, a Milton fumble was recovered and returned 15 yards for a touchdown to give Collins Hill the early lead.
Just three plays later, Milton was on the board with a 71-yard rushing touchdown from Solomon Vanhorse. It was the first of his two touchdowns.
Quarterback Jordan Yates had another big performance coming off a five-touchdown outing last week. Yates had three scores in the win. He connected with Dash Hairston and Jordan Cox for touchdowns and added a rushing score.
“You get down to this time of year and guys are tired,” Clack said. “The way [Yates] works, he just gets stronger. In the last three or four weeks you’ve seen him separate from the pack versus tiring out.”
Clack was also impressed with his offensive line’s performance against a sizeable and talented opposing line.
“I thought our offensive line really controlled the game,” Clack said. “(Offensive line coach) Steven Stromie is doing a fantastic job with those guys. They are a true unit.”
Milton will travel to take on Region 7 champions Brookwood (9-2) in the second round. The Broncos will enter the game on a nine-game win streak.
Entering such a tough contest, Clack said “the climb” is crucial.
“We are just trying to go 1-0 each day,” he said. “That’s something we’ve rallied behind the last three weeks. We’ll be back on Monday buying in and that is going to be the difference.”