MANCHESTER — It’s hard to picture an offense being more efficient than the Milford High School football team’s was Friday night.
The Spartans scored on each of their first five possessions and raised their Division II record to 2-0 by beating Manchester West 35-13.
Milford, which opened the season with a 35-21 victory over Hollis/Brookline, led 21-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at the half. The only time Milford didn’t score on a first-half possession was when it took a knee to run out the clock in the second quarter.
“It’s early, but from what I’ve seen so far they’re the best in the division,” West coach Tom Bozoian said when asked about Milford. “I think skill-position wise we were a little overmatched with their speed. I think up front we can play with the good teams. We have some good players up front. They weren’t chopping up big yards on those dives. It was everything outside.”
Milford quarterback Gavin Urda rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the first two quarters. He scored on runs of 27 and 40 yards, and also added a pair of two-point conversions.
Milford also received two TD runs from running back Sean Hanrahan (21 and 11 yards). His second TD plus Liam Daly’s point-after kick made it 35-0 late in the first half. Running time was used in the final two quarters.
“Early on, there were a few things we have to execute better on,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “(Urda) makes it look like it’s working when it’s not really what we want. He did a nice job and the other backs did a great job of contributing. Sean Hanrahan was unbelievable. Even when he didn’t have the ball some of the blocks he threw, for a little guy, were just awesome. I think he had the best game he’s ever had as a Spartan.”
Fullback Emmanuel Ughu scored Milford’s other TD on a 3-yard run.
West (1-1) received two TD runs from junior running back Xavier Burpee, who gained 131 yards on 20 carries. Burpee scored on a 6-yard run with 8:45 left, and on a 44-yard run with 3:24 to play.
“He’s taken the lead role in this offense and he’s running hard,” Bozoian said. “We’re proud of what he’s doing.”
West was coming off a 23-7 victory over Sanborn last weekend.
“Great team win,” Jones said. “Glad everybody got in. No injuries. We executed the game plan well on offense and defense.”