Hot quarterback leads Milford Mill past Hereford in key Class 3A North Region battle

Because public school football teams have to earn their way into regional playoffs through a point system, victories against some teams count more than wins over others.

And Hereford’s costly 42-35 loss to Milford Mill on Saturday was a case in point how much one misstep against a quality opponent matters.

With the victory, the Millers (6-1) put some distance between themselves and the Bulls (5-2) in the chase for one of the four coveted spots in the 15-team Class 3A North Region postseason.

Milford, Hereford and Franklin were tied with 36 points atop the regional standings, with C.M. Wright (29) holding down the fourth spot.

“We would have been better off losing to (1-5) Towson,” Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh said. “This might knock us out (of the playoffs). This was a bad loss.”

The Millers, however, benefitted greatly from knocking off the Bulls.

Using a hot start from wide receiver-turned-quarterback Kyle McEachern, Milford Mill bolted to a 14-0 advantage. The senior left-hander completed his first eight passes, including a 10-yard scoring strike to senior Mike Jones. McEachern added a 5-yard run for another touchdown before the Bulls settled down.

“We thought their linebackers couldn’t keep up with our slot receivers,” said McEachern who completed 16 of 28 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. “But they made some adjustments in the second half.”

Hereford rallied in a 1-yard plunge by senior fullback Mike Swiger and a 30-yard run with a fumble by senior Andrew Fisher.

McEachern’s  8-yard run in the second quarter gave the Millers a 21-13 advantage before the visitors drew even at halftime on a 5-yard Swiger run and senior quarterback Ryan Jones’ conversion points.

McEachern scrambled 12 yards to give the Millers a 27-21 advantage in the third quarter until the Bulls took their first lead, 28-27, later in the period on another 1-yard dive by Swiger.

The game turned when junior Malik Bridgers sacked and stripped Jones and senior Ronald Tutstone scooped up the fumble and bolted 45 yards for a score early in the final period.

The lead grew to 42-28 after McEachern connected on a 6-yard pass to junior Reggie White with 11:47 remaining and Hereford couldn’t recover.

H  13 8 7  7  35
M 14 7 6 15 42

M-Jones 10 pass from McEachern (kick failed)
M-McEachern 5 run (Morant run)
H-Swiger 1 run (Patti kick)
H-Fisher 30 fumble (kick failed)
M-McEachern 8 run (Jones kick)
H-Swiger 6 run (Jones run)
M-McEachern 12 run (kick failed)
H-Swiger 1 run (Patti kick)
M-Tutstone 45 fumble (Morant run)
M-White 6 pass from McEachern (Jones kick)
H-Neubauer 10 run (Patti kick)

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad