NHIAA Football: Windham gets past Milford in Div. II battle
Windham's Andrew Hume (45) stops Milford quarterback Harrison Urda (11) after a short gain during the first quarter of Saturday's Division II game in Windham. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
Each team entered the contest with a 3-1 record, which was good for second place - behind Trinity of Manchester (4-1) - in Division II South. The winner would have a clear edge over the loser in the battle for one of the two playoff spots that will be awarded to that conference.
"This was a big one," Windham coach Bill Raycraft said. "We talked all week about this being a playoff game. We knew before the season started that Trinity was going to be a good team, so it was who was going to get that second spot? The kids responded to that pressure."
Milford drove to the Windham 23 on the ensuing possession, but the Jaguars stripped the ball from Milford quarterback Harrison Urda and pounced on the fumble with 2:57 to play. Milford's final possession ended when Kellin Bail intercepted an Urda pass at midfield with 42.9 seconds left.
"In any sport it's the mistakes," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "You can't turn the ball over and win a football game. They're a good team. We kept giving them opportunities to come back, and they came back. They deserved it. They earned it."
"Top two from our conference make the playoffs and right now we're behind (Windham)," Jones said. "The winner of this game was in the driver's seat."