Wood­ley leads Mil­ton by Need­ham

Boston Herald - - NHL SCOREBOARD - By MATT FELD Twit­ter: @mat­tyfeld612

MIL­TON — Fac­ing their tough­est chal­lenge to date, Mil­ton showed it has the whole pack­age.

Isa­iah Wood­ley reeled in a pair of touch­downs and line­backer Stephen Joyce forced two turnovers as the Wild­cats grabbed sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the Bay State Her­get with a 22-14 win over Need­ham last night at Brooks Field.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a four-quar­ter game,” said Wood­ley. “They have a heck of a lot of tal­ent, but we have some­thing here we are try­ing to start our­selves. We came to­gether tonight.”

Trail­ing 16-7 to be­gin the fourth quar­ter, the Rock­ets pulled within a score as Char­lie Ogle­tree hit wide re­ceiver Matt Smith on a curl route and he broke a pair of tack­les for a 74-yard touch­down to trim the deficit to 16-14. Smith fin­ished with eight re­cep­tions for 204 yards and two touch­downs.

Mil­ton (5-1, 3-0) im­me­di­ately an­swered with Luke McMe­namin hit­ting Wood­ley in stride for a 44-yard touch­down for a 2214 lead.

Need­ham (5-1, 2-1) had a chance to tie the score, tak­ing over at their own 29-yard line with three min­utes left. Six straight com­ple­tions by Ogle­tree, in­clud­ing one to Smith for 11 yards, moved the Rock­ets in­side the Mil­ton 10. But a penalty and a run­ning play for a loss backed up the Rock­ets. On fourth down, the Wild­cats bat­ted down a jump ball in­tended for Smith to seal the win.

“Our kids just kept com­pet­ing,” said Mil­ton coach Steve Dem­bowski. “Just a great game. Need­ham ob­vi­ously has great weapons, but we were able to hold the fort in the end.”

Mil­ton struck first on the open­ing drive. On third-and-6, McMe­namin con­nected with a wide-open Wood­ley for a 54-yard score and a 6-0 lead.

Need­ham jumped in front later in the quar­ter as Ogle­tree hit Smith on a back-shoul­der throw for a 4-yard touch­down to give the Rock­ets a 7-6 lead. They had a chance to ex­tend the lead mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter work­ing in­side the Mil­ton 40. Ogle­tree’s third down pass, how­ever, was in­ter­cepted by Joyce, send­ing Mil­ton into half­time only down a point.

Mil­ton grabbed the lead on its first drive of the third quar­ter cour­tesy of a Max Win­kler 28yard field goal, and added to it when Tyre­cee Weeks re­cov­ered a muffed punt in the end zone for a 16-7 ad­van­tage.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY STU­ART CAHILL

CRUNCH TIME: Mil­ton quar­ter­back Luke McMe­namin (left) takes a big hit from Need­ham’s Wil­liam Hood last night; above, Mil­ton’s Isa­iah Wood­ley holds up the ball as he cel­e­brates his touch­down with team­mates Kevin Swan­ton (53) and John Bar­ros in their 2214 vic­tory in the bat­tle of Bay State Con­fer­ence pow­ers.

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