MILTON 38, WHEELER 9 : Eagles remain undefeated; injured Paulk out for season

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MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Eagles rolled to their fifth straight victory, defeating Wheeler 38-9 at home last Friday night to remain tied for first in Region 5-AAAAAA.

The Eagles (2-0, 5-0) spotted Wheeler an early touchdown, but held the Wildcats’ offense scoreless after that, allowing just over 200 yards while forcing four turnovers.

Micco Brisker and Chad Toliver, taking over the ball carrying duties in the absence of injured tailback Treyvon Paulk, combined for 173 yards rushing, while quarterback Austin McLeod teamed up with Zach Spiezio for a pair of touchdown passes.

Paulk is out for the season with a knee injury.

Toliver’s 39-yard punt return to the Wheeler 13 led to Brisker’s 3-yard scoring run that tied the game 7-7. Jordan Genovese put the Eagles ahead with a 33-yard field goal after a drive in which the Eagles converted several times on fourth down. A 19-yard pass from McLeod to Spiezio made it 17-7 in the closing seconds of the first half one play after the Eagles blocked a punt.

Milton began the second half with a long drive that ended on a missed field goal, but McLeod and Spiezio teamed up for a 40-yard touchdown pass after the Eagles came up with a fourth-down stop at the Wheeler 41.

The Eagles got the ball right back after an interception, scoring on the first play of the fourth quarter on Chris Turner’s 3-yard run.

Wheeler (0-2, 2-3) fumbled the ball right back to the Eagles and McLeod hit Jair Andreson for 14 yards and Milton’s final touchdown.

Milton stopped a Wheeler threat with an interception at the Eagles’ 2, but the Wildcats scored on a safety on the next play.

Brisker rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries, with Toliver adding 62 yards on 12 attempts. McLeod completed nine of 13 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Quarte Sapp and Chase Polkow had the Eagle’s two interceptions, with Polkow credited with the punt block.

The Eagles are at home Friday against Etowah, which is tied for first in the region with Milton and Walton. Etowah is 5-0 overall, but all five of the team’s wins have come against teams with losing records.

“Etowah is big up front and looks like an image of us,” Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro said. “Their quarterback is a good runner and thrower.”