Prep football two-a-days: Milford
It doesn't take a whole lot to make the eight-team Class 1A playoffs considering there only are nine schools in the classification.
Milford's lone victory a year ago happened to come in region play, and that was enough to push the Tigers into the postseason.
But Milford is setting its sights a little higher this season with every starter back from 2012.
"Our goal is to win in the first round of the playoffs," Tigers coach Brian Williamson said. "The last three years, we've lost in that first round. And we haven't won a playoff game in 13 years, so that's our goal."
The Milford football team has been a youthful bunch for the past two seasons. Only one player graduated from last year's squad, and the Tigers have only two seniors this year.
One of those is Lucas O'Daniel, a 6-foot-2 230-pound lineman who plays center on offense and doubles as a defensive end.
Almost everyone else is a junior. That includes junior tailback Wade Netto, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last year. He'll likely be joined in the offensive backfield by Jalin Hardy at quarterback, although Williamson said three others are capable of playing under center.
While youth was one obstacle for the Tigers last season, injuries were an extra hindrance. Milford had 13 players get hurt.
Doug Hathaway, a 6-2, 260-pound junior, is one who will be back. He'll man the nose guard position.
"He's one of those kids that goes full speed all the time," said Williamson, who believes Hathaway may be able to play in college.
"We're a pretty balanced team," Williamson said. "But every area we have to improve upon, obviously."
ASSIGNMENT • Class 1A North
LAST YEAR • 1-9 overall, 1-3 Class 1A South
KEY RETURNER • Wade Netto, jr., RB/LB
PLAYER TO WATCH • Doug Hathaway, jr., NG
BIGGEST HOLE • The Tigers need a place-kicker and "barely have a punter," coach Williamson said.
NEED TO KNOW • Milford has four players capable of playing quarterback but hasn't settled on a starter yet.