Milton Tops Roswell For Top of Region As Jordan McDonald Returns For 5 Touchdown Night
On Friday, the Roswell Hornets hosted the Milton Eagles in a crosstown rivalry, region match up as both teams headed into the contest at 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the region standings, with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the region standings. The Eagles would take the first lead of the game after a Roswell turnover in which the Milton’s Jordan McDonald would cap the Eagle’s opening drive with a rushing touchdown, his first of five touchdowns on the night, as Milton took the 7-0 lead.
The Hornets would respond with a touchdown of their own the ensuing possession as Nykahi Davenport would rush into the end zone on a 2nd and goal as Roswell would eventually tie the game at 7-7. However, from that point on, the Hornets’ offense would find themselves dealing with a stingy Milton defense as they would be held in check until about 30 seconds were left in the second quarter, when they finally would find the end zone once again, but would trail, 23-13 at half.
I the third quarter, the Eagles would keep momentum in their favor as they would score on the opening drive of the half on a Brooks Bortle rushing touchdown that would give the Eagles a 30-13 lead. And later in the quarter, McDonald would line up at quarterback in shotgun formation and pass to Jack Nickel and Milton would take a 37-13 lead. Despite Roswell scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles would go on to pick up the 44-34 win.
Following the game, Milton head coach, Adam Clack touched on the fact that he was not too pleased with the final minutes of the game, but overall was happy with the overall effort that his guys came out and played with on Friday. “I wish would have finished it out a little better, but you know what, games like this, rivalries like this, passion like this, you want to make sure you come out, put in the week’s work and come out with the dub, anyway you can, so proud of the boys,” Clack said after Friday’s win.
One of his players in particular, running back Jordan McDonald, Clack was especially proud of his five touchdown night performance as it was McDonald's first night back in action after dealing with injury. “That kid’s been battling it this year, his body’s really been challenging him this year and he’s been out the last couple of weeks, but he’s had a great spirit, he’s been locked in, he’s been a great teammate, got himself healthy and came out here and man, what a game! So happy for that young man, so proud of him,” Clack said of McDonald, who had three rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the Eagles’ win.