Defenders can’t slow down Milton’s Bradley in loss

TURBOTVILLE — There was obviously something missing in the Milton offensive huddle without three-year starting quarterback Phil Davis. It didn’t matter as junior wide receiver Qamar Bradley stepped in tremendously and did everything in his power to lead Milton to a 20-14 win over Warrior Run Friday night at Defender Stadium.

Warrior Run could not find an answer to slow down Bradley before it was too late as he racked up 162 yards and all of the Black Panthers’ 20 points on three touchdown carries in the first half, but the Defenders got the most of Bradley in the second half and giving its offense a shot to put up some points.

“It was a little nerve-wracking at first,” Bradley said about stepping in for Davis. “But I had to do what I had to do for the team to get the W.”

The Defenders had chances late to tie the score and possibly steal it late, but some confusion cost untimely timeouts early in the fourth quarter. Ultimately succumbing to an interception in its last drive to none other than Bradley.

Both teams came out shaky as they had to battle with players not starting in their normal positions due to injuries on both squads, while Warrior Run struggled to gain ground, Milton found its man and rarely changed the game plan.

Milton made it tough for the Defenders to slow down the rushing attack. If it wasn’t Bradley running the ball in jet sweeps, it was Jason Valladares getting some hand offs up the middle. Valladares was equally as impressive with the rushing attack finding holes through the line for large chunks of yardage to give Bradley a breather.

The Black Panthers struck first as it drove down the field to the Warrior Run two yard line at the end of the first quarter, then Bradley barrelled through the line for a touchdown four seconds into the second quarter to cap off a 12-play, 42-yard drive.

“We asked a kid who has never taken a QB rep before in Bradley, and he was wonderful for us tonight,” Milton coach Phil Davis said. “He was very poised and made great decisions with the football tonight.”

Warrior Run responded with a touchdown of its own after Austin Hampton intercepted a pass at the Defenders’ 40 yard line and raced down to set up Warrior Run at Milton’s 10 yard line. From there Ahmahd Keyes took a hand off to the right side for a 10 yard rushing touchdown, and for a brief moment Warrior Run led 7-6 before Bradley broke loose a 70-yard touchdown run three plays later in the next series.

“I couldn’t do it without the team (Friday),” Bradley said. “I saw my receivers had great blocks on the outside and I looked to cut up field and get the touchdown.”

Bradley capped off the night with a 20 yard run in Milton’s next series to put his team ahead for good with two minutes left in the first half. in the first half.

Warrior Run never felt it was out of the game and battled back, but costly penalties made time a factor in the come-back.

The Defenders drove inside the red zone to Milton’s 10 yard line to close out a scoreless third quarter. Warrior Run who had 2 timeouts to work with, would end up using both inside the 10 as players were not lined up according to the play and the play clock winding down.

“We just had guys in different positions late because we had Daubert go down early, that’s what caused the timeouts.” Warrior Run head coach Chris Long said.

The Defenders would find the end zone after the two timeouts on a fourth and 10 when Caleb Corderman threw up a pass he knew only Keyes could bring down in the back of the end zone.

“We were never out of it,” Long said. “There was no quit from (Warrior Run), we had some key guys go down with injuries, but we had guys step in at different positions and gave a good fight.”

Warrior Run donned blue and grey camouflage alternate unis in remembrance for 1990 Warrior Run grad, Deputy US Marshall Chris Hill who lost his life in the line of duty in January. The field was lined with blue paint at the 32 yard line and the number 32 was painted into the back corners of the end zone as Hill’s No. 32 was retired at a special halftime ceremony.