Eagles earn home playoff game with victory over Wolverines



WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Milton closed out its season with a 35-28 victory last Friday night, Nov. 8, at Woodstock, giving the Eagles the second seed in the state playoffs from Region 5-AAAAAA and a home game Friday in the first round.

The Eagles led 35-14 before the Wolverines scored twice in the final minute, the second touchdown coming after a successful onside kick.

Milton put together another balanced offensive performance, rushing for 251 yards and passing for 159. Chad Toliver rushed for 151 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Austin McLeod passed for 159 yards and one score and ran for a touchdown.

The Wolverines (2-5 in the region, 3-7 overall) scored first after intercepting a McLeod pass near midfield, but the Eagles (5-2, 8-2) scored the next 21 points to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

A 6-yard run by Toliver capped a 60-yard drive as the Eagles tied the game 7-7, and Milton took the lead on Toliver’s 53-yard run. McLeod’s 43-yard pass to Chris Purpura in the final minute of the half made it 21-7.

Woodstock drove to a touchdown to start the second half, but the Eagles scored twice later in the quarter on runs of 17 yards by Toliver and 16 yards by McLeod, who completed nine of 12 passes. Purpura had five receptions for 98 yards.

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