McMillan plays like a million

  • Mohawk Trail’s Cam Lococo (14) runs for a gain before being brought down by a host of Frontier players in the second quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan (2) breaks up a pass intended for Mohawk receiver Jaden Whiting (1) in the second quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk quarterback Shawn Davenport (8) hands off to Cam Lococo (14) on a run against Frontier in the first quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier running back Ito McMillan (2) breaks through on a run for a first down before being brought down by Mohawk Trail defenders Shawn Davenport (8) and Jaden Whiting (1) in the second quarter Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier fans brave the rain to watch the Wednesday night football game against Mohawk in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier quarterback Garrett DeForest (10) breaks upfield for 54-yard gain against Mohawk Trail in the second quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Ito McMillan (2), right, celebrates a third quarter touchdown with Ethan Russell (59) Wednesday night against Mohawk Trail in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier quarterback Garrett DeForest (10) breaks upfield for 54-yard gain against Mohawk in the second quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawks Cam Lococo runs upfield on a kick return against Frontier in the third quarter Wednesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/27/2019 9:18:51 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD —  For the fifth straight season, the Frontier Regional football team knocked off Mohawk Trail, this time 36-0, on Wednesday night in the 86th meeting of the rivalry series that dates back to 1933.

The win for the Red Hawks (7-3) moved their overall record in the series to 48-32-6. The teams have played on Thanksgiving Eve since 2007.

In the heavy rain that persisted throughout, the Frontier running game had its way with the Mohawk defense. Ito McMillan carried 16 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns in his final game for Frontier. 

“It feels great knowing I left everything on the field,” McMillan said. “I finished everything I gave out. My team gave their all and I gave my all. I could not be happier with the outcome of the season.”

McMillan went over 1,000 yards in the first quarter and finished with 1,152 yards for the season.

Frontier won an Intercounty League North championship backed by a strong group of seniors who were honored for senior night festivities before the game. 

McMillan, Garrett DeForest, Sam Hebert, Dylan Apanell, Andrew Logan, Jeff Stiles, Hunter Wolfson and Donovan Hoffman played their final game for the Red Hawks.

“We played great defense,” Frontier coach Don Gordon said of his seniors. “Lowest points allowed in the league. We could run the ball and pass when we needed to.”

The Red Hawks started fast with an 8-play, 68-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown by McMillan.

On Frontier’s second drive, McMillan fumbled, giving Mohawk the ball in the red zone. Cam Lococo recovered the fumble for the Warriors.

An illegal chop block backed up the Warriors before Cullen Brown missed a 46-yard field goal.

McMillan wowed the crowd early in the second quarter on a 25-yard punt return but it wasn’t the yardage that caught attention.

McMillan plowed a Mohawk player on the return on the right sideline, picking up extra yards.

The Red Hawks followed with a 70-yard drive for a touchdown with McMillan scoring his second score from a one yard out.

Hoffman picked up tackle for a loss in the second quarter for Frontier on a screen pass attempt by Mohawk.

A 54-yard run by DeForest set up the Red Hawks at the Mohawk 4-yard line just before the end of the second quarter.

DeForest carried twice for 78 yards and went 1-for-1 passing for 23 yards.

McMillan then scored his third touchdown of the game to give Frontier a 24-0 just before halftime.

McMillan put the Red Hawks ahead 32-0 in the third quarter with a 16-yard touchdown run. 

AJ Mihalak picked up a third quarter sack for Frontier.

Senior Robert Goodell had  five carries for 15 yards for the Mohawk offense.

Shawn Davenport had a hard time in the rain, finishing 10-for-24 for 30 yards.   

After the game, McMillan won the MVP award for Frontier while Davenport took home the honors for the Warriors.  

Lococo was the leading rusher for Mohawk (5-5) with seven carries for 30 yards.

Mohawk Trail seniors Brown, Aidan Duncan, Goodell, Jaden Kitchen Lipski, Zane Kitchen Lipski, Logan Platek and Evan Shippee played their final game for the Mohawk football program.

“Really good guys,” Mohawk coach Doug McCloud said. “We went to this passing scheme and they’ve done a good job with it. It’s tough to  put them in there and expect instant success.”

Shippee missed the game with an injury. 

Turners Falls students Jaden Whiting and Liam Driscoll played their final football game for Mohawk, after starting their high school careers with the Thunder. 

“Great kids,” McCloud said. “Done everything and have gone beyond what we have asked them to do. It was amazing how our team bought right into them and we bought right into them.  There was never a standoff. You don’t usually see that.”

Whiting had five catches for 34 for the Warriors. 

Jake Dodge closed the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard interception return for Frontier. Dodge used his speed and avoided the sideline to find the end zone with just under seven minutes to play.

Frontier 36, Mohawk 0

Mohawk

0

0

0

0

0

Frontier

8

16

6

6

36

F — McMillan 9 run (McMillan run)

F — McMillan 1 run (Kirkendall run)

F — McMillan 4 run (Semaski run)

F — McMillan 16 run (run failed)

F — Dodge 70 interception return (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — (M) Driscoll 4-13, Lococo 7-30, Goodell 5-15, Davenport 1-(-7). (F) McMillan 16-176-4, Semaski 5-27, DeForest 2-78.

PASSING — (M) Davenport 10-24-30-0-1. (F) DeForest 1-1-23-0-0.

RECEIVING — (M) Brown 2-5, Whiting 5-34, Lococo 3-(-9). (F) McMillan 1-23.




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