Seniority Rules as battle-tested Beavers trump young Tigers, 48-7

Seniority Rules as battle-tested Beavers trump young Tigers, 48-7

By Matt Harris | A young Milford football team came into their rivalry game hungry, but Beaver was just far too big of a meal.

Beaver football ran up the score on the rival Tigers on the road to cruise to a 48-7 win last night. This win them to 5-0 on the season with an 18-game winning streak dating back to the beginning of the 2019 season. It was the first time of 2020 that Beaver had been held below 50 points in a game.

Beaver senior quarterback Treyson Hunter was all over the field, completing four of 11 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for three more touchdowns, and leading a Beaver offense that netted 494 total yards. Junior Turner Williams led all rushers with 166 yards and one touchdown, while senior EJ Allred was dangerous in the passing game, catching both of Hunter’s touchdown passes in the first quarter and rushing for another.

The depth of Beaver’s roster ultimately outlasted the smaller Milford team as the Beavers field a 71-person roster out of a student body approximately only 250-300 strong from grades 9-12.

“That’s really the strength of our team is our depth and our balance,” Beaver head coach Jonathan Marshall said. “Tonight, EJ and Treyson had a lot of scores, but from game to game, it kinda changes.

Marshall pointed to Milford as “the best team we’ve played so far.” The Tigers were starting five sophomores last night, including Milford sophomore quarterback Bo Hardy.

Hardy showcased impressive skill against the monstrous Beaver defense, completing 16 of 29 passes for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Tigers’ offense netted 212 total yards, the most yardage allowed by Beaver in a game so far this season.

“We’re getting better,” Milford head coach Thane Marshall said. “This season’s not about playing Beaver, we just try to get better each week…I was really, really proud of the way the kids came out and played. They never gave up.”

Beaver came out firing in the first quarter with a pair of touchdowns through the air, an uncharacteristic gameplan for the ground-and-pound Beavers. Hunter hit senior EJ Allred for their first score from 26 yards out.

Beaver nearly got another when sophomore quarterback Bo Hardy’s long shot at the endzone was picked off by Hunter and taken all the way back to the Milford 30, but the Tigers stood strong on the goal-line, and Beaver shanked the field goal to waste the opportunity.

Beaver hit again on their following drive on a 30-yard touchdown again to Allred .

On their next drive, Milford finally responded with a 71-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to senior Bret Beebe on a scramble play by Hardy in the second quarter.

Milford got a shot of momentum on the ensuing kickoff when Beaver fumbled the return back to the Tigers, but Hardy’s attempt to make something happen outside the pocket on third down meant another interception for Beaver.

The Beavers turned the interception into a long drive that ended with another touchdown for Allred, this time on the ground. The Beaver continued committing to the ground game with another score just before halftime as Hunter rushed a QB keeper 17 yards into the left endzone pylon for a 28-7 halftime lead.

With both teams slowing each other down in the third quarter, Beaver wore down the Tiger defense just enough for senior back Turner Williams to turn in a highlight reel run, bulldozing multiple tacklers en route to a 30-yard touchdown.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Hunter took it himself again with a seven-yard touchdown for a 41-7 lead for the Beavers.

Hunter continued to put on a show in the final quarter as he took in a fourth touchdown with under four minutes remaining.

It was all Milford could do to get the ball down within the redzone on their last drive of the game, but Hardy was sacked on the final play to solidify the final score.

Jonathan Marshall said at the beginning of the season in an interview with Deseret News that Beaver’s greatest enemy would be their own complacency as they continue to dominate the entire 2A class.

“We’ve gotta stay humble,” Jonathan Marshall said. “And that’s something that we’re working on. Course, when you’re in our situation in the community, and people are telling our kids about how great they are, we’re constantly talking about how we can’t buy into that.”

Milford dropped to 2-3 on the season but can look forward to some lighter weight opponents in the coming weeks, starting with a road contest at Enterprise next Friday. Beaver will continue their undefeated season in an intriguing matchup with a top 3A squad, Grantsville, at home next Friday.

Featured image via KSL Sports. Copyright Sean Walker, ©

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