Ricky Pendleton scored six touchdowns to help the Milford Bulldogs run through the Leakey defense and into the Six-Man Division I state championship at AT&T Stadium.
And they did it in mercy-rule fashion Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in Burnet. Not to mention the Bulldogs attempted just six passes, completed one for two yards, lost two fumbles and accounted for only 325 total yards of offense.
The win in the Six-Man Division I state semifinal was largely thanks to the Bulldogs defensive effort and nose for the football, as (13-1) Milford recovered four Leakey fumbles. Pendleton also intercepted one pass for a 20-yard touchdown and returned a kickoff 50 yards for a score.
Jaden Barr, Corbin Schrotke, Jasean Brooks and Damyan Woodward were all credited with fumble recoveries for the Bulldogs. Brooks returned his fumble recovery for a 17-yard touchdown, while Woodward recorded a 25-yard scoop-and-score.
Pendleton rushed for a game-high 179 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs on offense.
Quarterback Taron Smith matched the seven carries and added 108 yards and two touchdowns. Jaylon Davis (3-24) and Jaiden Barr (2-14) rounded out the Milford rushing attack.
Sophomore kicker Luis Muniz was 5-of-6 on extra-point attempts and Brooks caught one two-point conversion attempt.
"We have a plethora of talent to hand the ball to," Milford head football coach Ronny Crumpton told SixMania.com after the win. "Ricky took off and some other ones did too."
The Bulldogs will now face McLean in the Six-Man Division I state championship, after the Tigers defeated Garden City, 72-34, to reach the final week of the season for the first time in program history.
Milford is looking for its first state football championship since 1980. The Bulldogs also won it all in 1979.
Crumpton added during the interview with SixMania.com, "We are going to go to the drawing board and heal up. We are going to look at some tape and some film and get some things straightened out that we need to get straightened out and, hopefully, we can go try and take care of business."
Milford defeated High Island (60-15), Aquilla (56-18), Union Hill (51-38) and then Leakey to reach the state title game to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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