MILFORD — It was a game so intense that 48 minutes could not contain it.
Pelham High, going for a win in overtime, went for a 2-point conversion but Milford sophomore Logan Barnhill jumped the pass route and picked it off to seal a come-from-behind 14-13 win for the Spartans.
Barnhill also had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter for Milford.
“I dropped to my flats and I was right there,” Barnhill said of the interception. “I picked it off and fell down. Game over.”
The win improved Milford to 3-0 and dropped Pelham to 1-2.
Barnhill’s pick capped a physical game where yards were hard to come by and timely playmaking was nearly impossible for the Spartans. Barnhill also had 16 rushing yards, including nine in overtime.
Milford outgained Pelham 272-119 but mistakes and penalties kept doing them in. Pelham’s Charlie Katin recovered a fumble on the third play of the game and Matthew Muise dove in from three yards out three plays later to put Pelham up a touchdown less than three minutes into the game.
From there, the game stalemated as neither team could find a way in to the end zone. Katin led the charge on defense for the Pythons with five tackles and was everywhere in the back seven. He also had 30 yards rushing.
“We were supposed to block him and tackle him but sometimes we did and sometimes we didn’t,” Milford coach Keith Jones said of Katin. “They’ve got a lot of studs over there. We knew we had our hands full all week. I think they won the battle up front tonight. Lucky for us we made some plays when we needed to.”
Milford senior quarterback Gavin Urda was held to 34 yards rushing and 4-for-11 passing for 49 yards and an interception. He put together a 72-yard drive in the second half for Milford’s lone score that ended with him running it in from 5 yards out.
“I thought he played solid,” Jones said of Urda. “They were doing everything they could to not let him run the ball. Other guys got yards. I think they executed what they wanted to do and make us do other things.”
Milford scored in overtime when Sean Hanrahan punched it in from a yard out. Pelham answered with a 10-yard scoring pass from Ian Hoey to Colby Travis.
Sophomore tailback Caden Zalenski led the Spartans with 68 yards rushing over eight carries.
“We didn’t play our best game but we got the win,” Barnhill said. “We expected them to be that tough, but we didn’t expect it to be that close of a game.”