Milford football preps for second state title appearance

Milford State Title Preview

MILFORD, Del. - It's been almost a decade since Milford was in a state title game. A 20-0 win over Laurel back in 2008 brought the Bucs their first and only championship in school history. But come Saturday, the maroon and gold will have another shot at being on top.

"Going into the year, not a lot of people looked at our schedule and said, 'Hey, Milford's going to make it to the state title.' I think that we were really the only team in the state that believed it would happen," said Milford head football coach Shaun Strickland. "It just shows what happens when a team comes together and focuses on one goal as a family, and these guys have done it all year."

It's been a monumental year for the Bucs as just a few seasons ago, they finished 1-9. A freshman on that team, David Bowman, is now a senior and the most decorated player in Milford football history. He holds school records for the most rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and tackles in a career, and that's just to name a few.

"I assume that most people want to go to the championship, and that's always been a goal for me. It feels good that I broke the records, but now it's that we're at the point we're in the championship, and I think that's bigger than me breaking records," Bowman said.

What stands in the way for the Bucs is Delmar, a team that's been on fire in the state tournament; it's won't be the first time that these two teams have met. A 35-10 win for the Wildcats back in November snapped Milford's five game win streak.

"It's special because we've seen them before, we know what they're about. They got two good backs that run hard, so we just have to stick to our game plan this time and no mistakes," said junior linebacker Tyron Mifflin.

"[We have to] limit our mistakes that we did on offense and defense," added Bowman. "[It'll be] more of trying to stop the run, because if we can control the run and control the clock, I think that we should be good."

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. in Newark at the University of Delaware.

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