Milan struggles in 30-22 loss to New Boston at Homecoming

By Balinda Zimmerman 
The Milan Big Reds had a hard loss at homecoming against the New Boston Huron Chiefs that cost them a shot at the Huron League Championship. Struggle as they might they were held at the line repeatedly with a few break-out plays that were not pretty but worked to keep them in the game. Tristan Hines is passing the ball as best he can but when a young man has never played quarterback and only began working as a running quarterback the first week before the season opener it is hard to remake him in just a few weeks time.
Hoskins and his coaching staff have done everything possible to create what would work for the struggling team. The league knows Tristan is a play-maker and he is playing the substitute quarterback spot in the same manner he plays all positions, with determination.
The best plays of the night for the Big Reds happened to be a shovel pass from Hines to Brandon Lange. Because the defense was keying in on Hines to make a run, Brandon was able to move through the line and get past the defense. When the shovel pass (pitch) was thrown he was completely past everyone who would take him down. This move worked a couple times for the Big Reds and helped put numbers on the board along with the Hines scoring runs.
The homecoming loss was hard on the Big Reds, but with quarterback Dyllan Jones, and linebackers Adam Roland and Nick Baugher out for the remainder of the season it was almost an expected loss. When Darren Markowski was injured during the first half of the game it was another hard blow to an already weakened Milan team who were just unable to pull off the win against one of the tougher teams in the conference.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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