Needing a win to brighten its playoff prospects, Milton came out on the short end of a veritable footrace with the Dixie Greyhounds.

By Tim Langevin for Press Pros

It is that stage of the high school football season where the stakes get higher each week as teams position for valuable computer points and conference championships.

The entire town of West Milton was in attendance for a huge Homecoming matchup between Milton-Union and Dixie.

Bulldogs coach Bret Pearce summed it best, “The atmosphere here for high school football doesn’t get any better.”

No it doesn’t. And this wasn’t your normal Friday night of festivities. It started with a parade followed by pre-game burgers and brats on the grill and then an electrifying first quarter which ended in a 14-14 score.

But in the end, Milton-Union lost a heartbreaker, 28-27, and now finds themselves in a must-win situation next week against Waynesville. The Bulldogs had a 39-yard field goal attempt blocked with 11.5 seconds left.

In his 13th season, Pearce said, “Our special teams play has been good up until tonight. Too many mistakes and turnovers.”

There is a log jam atop the Buckeye Division of the SWBL with four teams with one loss.

More importantly, Milton-Union will drop from sixth in the Region 16 D-IV computer rankings and Dixie will definitely move up from 11th in the Region 20 D-V rankings.

The Greyhounds stud RB Ryan Jordan entered the game as the leading rusher in the league with over 1,500 yards, but it was a peppery little dynamo in Bulldogs RB David Karns that stole the show.

His second touch of the game, he bolted on a nifty, shifty 50-yard run. In the first quarter, Karns carried the ball four times for 124 yards and two TDs.

Not to be outdone, Jordan gained 73 yards on 10 carries.

Big explosive running plays dominated this contest. It looked like Nebraska against Oklahoma back in the 70s.

Karns finished the game with 194 yards and running mate Tyler Brown added 120 yards and two scores to give him 808 yards on the year.

“Both these kids are tough as nails and play hard on both sides of the ball,” said Pearce.

Jordan ended with 128 yards and two TDs for Dixie. QB Luke Bowling added 88 yards on the ground with one score.

As Memorial Stadium slowly emptied, Pearce said, “Next week’s game with Waynesville is more important than ever in order to keep our playoff hopes alive.”

Yes indeed. As the season progresses, the stakes keep rising. But Milton-Union understands all that. They were in the same boat last season and made the playoffs before losing to Waynesville in the first round, 21-17 to finish the season 8-3.

Both teams stand at 6-2 and tied for first with 6-2 Waynesville.