Waunakee overpowers Milton
Milton’s misery came courtesy of powerhouse Waunakee (2-0), which calmly dismantled the host Red Hawks, 63-21, in a nonconference game.
Leo Musso rolled up 146 yards and four touchdowns, and Warrior quarterback Hunter Darger added two touchdown passes to Austin Maly in leading the way to another impressive victory for the defending WIAA Division 2 state champions.
“Pat Rice has got it going over there real strong, and I just give them credit,’’ Milton coach Jeff Bachinski said of the Waunakee coach and his powerful Warriors. “They make very few mistakes and are very fine-tuned.
“In the Badger Conference, you have to come ready to play every week, and our guys only showed glimmers tonight.”
Perhaps the brightest glimmer for Milton (1-1) was the passing combination of Nate Hammon and Riley Kovars.
After Waunakee scored a touchdown on its opening drive, Hammon responded with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kovars that trimmed the deficit to 7-6.
Hammon, who added two touchdown runs, connected with Kovars on three passes for 115 yards in the first half.
“Our quarterback, Nate Hammon, played outstanding,” Bachinski said of Hammon, who completed 17 of 23 passses for 272 yards. “He’s a very good football player, and he’s a big part of our offense.”
Hammon’s strong play, however, was overshadowed by Musso’s spectacular first half.
After the Red Hawks cut the lead to one, Musso stole the show with touchdown runs of 35, 10, 7, and 27 yards to give Waunakee a 49-14 halftime lead.
“We’ve got 10 new kids on defense this year, and they’re growing up a lot.” Bachinski said. “There is a lot of learning going on.”
And the Milton defense learning curve certainly won’t get much tougher than Waunakee.
The Warriors rolled up two more scores in the second half on Oliver Kennedy’s 4-yard touchdown run and Greg Hahn’s 1-yard touchdown run.
“We talked about our offensive line having a big game this week, and they did just that,” Musso said. “It’s all about our offensive line.”
Overall, Musso said his team could do better.
“There’s always a room for improvement,” he said. “They (the Red Hawks) are a great team, too. We just were really on the ball tonight.”
Milton, meanwhile, is looking to regroup in time for the conference season, which starts in two weeks for the Red Hawks.
“It’s early in the season, and it was a nonconference game, and our team is going to get better before the end” Bachinski said. “Right now, we’ve got to get ready for Mount Horeb (another nonconference opponent) and get our heads back up and get going.”
WAUNAKEE 63, MILTON 21
Waunakee 21 28 7 7—63
Milton 6 8 7 0—21
Scoring summary: W—Austin Maly, 30 pass from Hunter Darger (Sam Russell kick). M—Riley Kovars, 47 pass from Nate Hammon. W—Leo Musso, 35 run (S. Russell kick). W—Musso, 10 run (Jack Russell kick). W—Musso, 7 run (S. Russell kick). W—Derek Straus (S. Russell kick). M—Hammon, 5 run (Hammon kick). W—Musso, 27 run (Maly, pass from S. Russell). W—Maly, 34 pass from Darger. W—Oliver Kennedy, 4 run (S. Russell kick). M—Nate Hammon, 3 run (Kyle Martinelli kick). W—Greg Hahn, 1 run (J. Russell kick).
Statistics: First downs—W 20, M 15. Rushing—W 40-271, M 22-23. Yards passing—W 223, M 286. Passes—W 12-10-0, M 28-18-1. Fumbles—W 0, M 2-2. Penalties—W 7-75, M 6-45.