Potent Ground Game Gives Milan Victory Over Putnam County

The Milan Wildcats racked up 295 yards rushing in a 36-6 victory over rival Putnam County Friday night at Cal Hubbard Field. Both teams got late first quarter touchdowns with Carlos Cotto finding the endzone for the Wildcats and Jude Watt scoring for the Midgets. A failed two-point conversion kept Milan up 8-6 into the second quarter. Ahmet Niasse provided the Wildcats with some breathing room heading into halftime.

Colin Schowe with the call on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com. A successful extra point by Jared Gonzalez made it 15-6 at the half. After Niasse added a nine-yard touchdown run in the third quarter he decided to show off his receiving skills in the fourth.

Cheppe Ayala added a touchdown run late to provide the final scoreline. The Wildcats outgained the Midgets 347-179 for the game. Niasse led the Milan ground attack with 22 carries for 134 yards and two scores. Milan coach Mark Cole said this came after a move to running back for Niasse.

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Reed was 3-9 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown. He added 49 yards rushing on four carries. Cole said the defense was equally impressive on the night.

Quarterback Trace Riediger led the Putnam County offense with 54 yards rushing on ten carries and was 2-10 passing for 52 yards. Putnam County coach Adam Huse said his team made too many mistakes.

Huse adds the biggest issue is a lack of consistency.

Putnam County falls to 0-3 and will continue Grand River Conference play next week against Trenton. Milan improves to 2-1 and will visit Harrisburg in week four.


Milan coach Mark Cole

Putnam County coach Adam Huse