Big win for Big Reds


By Balinda Zimmerman
 
It was senior night in Milan as the cheerleaders and football players took to the field and were recognized on October 19. In spite of the celebration for the seniors, the Milan Big Reds could not have had a worse opening play for the home game against their biggest rivals, the Lincoln Railsplitters. Milan was on the receiving end of the kick-off, fumbling the ball on the very first play.
After a bad beginning, Milan managed to get back in the game following the turn over play by Lincoln. With 6:37 left in the first quarter, Tristen Hines, RB/QB ran to within a couple yards on a quarterback sneak and Hunter Aeschbacker took it in for the score on the next play. The very next at play for Milan, quarterback, Dyllan Jones (DJ) threw a (40 plus yard) pass to Evan Furtney for a 48-yard passing touchdown play. Just before the close of the first quarter, Hunter Aeschbacher ran the ball in for another score bringing the end of the quarter score to 19-0, Milan.
Aeschbacker managed to score four times throughout the game with some impressive moves that would make college players envious. With Hines as the running quarterback and Jones as the passing quarterback, Milan has a two-fold chance that some local teams are unable to utilize.
With 8:31 left in the half, Hines was able to run on a quarterback sneak for a Milan score and a 2 pt conversion making it 27-0 and plenty of time left. Lincoln pushed past the O-line of Milan in order to put their first score on the board before halftime but Milan came back and scored twice more with credits going to Hines and Aeschbacker. Halftime score 42-7, Milan.
Milan was able to come back in the second half and put in some of the players who haven’t played much this year and gave them a shot at gaining some much needed Varsity experience. With 8 minutes still left on the clock in the third, both Milan and Lincoln had scored and before the end of the third Lincoln posted another touchdown and Aeschbacker had scored twice again for Milan bringing the score to 54-28, Milan.
The fourth quarter ended when Hoskins made the decision to put in his starters, snapping the ball to Jones who took a knee, letting the clock run down beginning around the four-minute mark. Final score, 54-28, Milan. 

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