The Milton High School Panther football team snapped a two-game losing streak with a thrilling overtime 29-28 victory against Crestview High School at Hurley Manning Field on Friday night.

Correction: An earlier published version of Milton High School's football game against Crestview High School article stated MHS defensive back Martavious Odom had two interceptions in the first quarter. However, the coaching staff at Milton said defensive back Doug Randall had the other interception. We apologize for the error and any inconveniences it may have caused. 

The Milton High School Panther football team snapped a two-game losing streak with a thrilling overtime 29-28 victory against Crestview High School at Hurley Manning Field on Friday night.

Despite finding themselves trailing the Bulldogs at halftime with a score of 15-6,  MHS Coach Chafan Marsh said his football team “held it together.”

“They held it together against a very athletic, very competitive Crestview football team,” Marsh said. “I just give the credit to the kids for hanging in there and getting the victory tonight.”

Marsh said this victory was much needed coming off a loss to Gulf Breeze High School last week during the school’s homecoming game. Friday night’s home game against Crestview did not start well for Milton.

“We were down 22 to 6 in the third quarter...the fans were leaving and we were not playing well,” he said.

In the second quarter, the bulldogs were the first to score on running touchdown play from Quarterback Rusty Moorer. Moorer returned as the CHS starting QB after being injured during the first game of the season. Although Moorer did throw two interceptions in the first half by MHS defensive backs Martavious Odom and Doug Randall, he was still caused problems for the Panther defense.  Within the final minute of the first half, Moorer extended the lead with a passing touchdown and two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs continued to move to the ball on offense in the third quarter. Moorer made something of an initial broken play by finding Keon Viosin on a long touchdown pass, which extended the lead to 22-6.

While the Milton’s offense seemed to struggle for the first three quarters of the game, the Panthers found support from their ground game in a drive which ended with a short running touchdown from Shemar Henderson. The score brought the game closer for the Panthers, 22-12. The two point conversion attempt by Milton was no good.

Milton also capitalized on the bulldog’s penalties and a turnover, which gave Kicker Ben Coulter the opportunity to tie the ball game at 22 with a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

In overtime, the Panthers were first to score on their possession with a touchdown run from Eric Hurst with a good extra point kick to follow. Crestview answered with a Moorer touchdown pass to Andrew Akins in their overtime possession from the 10 yard line. However, Milton’s special teams sealed the victory after blocking the extra point attempt.

With a 6-3 record, the Panthers are scheduled to host Navarre High School next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

KEY STATS FOR THE MHS PANTHERS  FROM FRIDAY NIGHT's FOOTBALL GAME VS CRESTVIEW: Provided by the football coaching staff at Milton High School

PASSING:            AUBREY WILLIAMS 15 OF 30 FOR 126 YARDS

RECEIVING:        MARQUISE MCROY 4 RECEPTIONS FOR 38 YARDS

                                KOBI FLOYD 2 RECEPTIONS FOR 25 YARDS

                                CAMERON SHELTON 4 RECEPTIONS FOR 49 YARDS

RUSHING:           SHEMAR HENDERSON 21 CARRIES FOR 80 YARDS AND 2 TD’S

                                ERIC HURST 8 CARRIES FOR 564 YARDS AND 2 TD’s

DEFENSIVE STATS:           NIKO TZAGAKIS LED TEAM WITH 8 TACKLES

                                                DOUG RANDALL HAD 1 INTERCEPTION

                                                MARTSAVIOUS ODOM HAD 1 INTERCEPTION