Pop Warner: Milford Eagles win New England championship

The Milford Pop Warner Eagles Junior Pee Wee football team came from behind to defeat the Massachusetts state champion Hyde Park Cowboys, 13-6, in the New England championship game.

Cold and rainy conditions set the stage for the gritty battle for New England football supremacy between the two state champion teams.

Hyde Park had rolled to 32-0 and 28-0 playoff wins before crashing into Milford head coach Jesse Rohleder’s hard hitting defense.

The Connecticut state champions withstood the initial surge from the Cowboys and wore down their opponents with a relentless, swarming defense, highlighted by Dasilva and Jordan’s hard hits, along with Sam Constantini’s ball-hawking skills.

The Eagles then used their own ground game, powered by an outstanding offensive line, to wear down the Boston area team in the second half.

The punishing runs of Ethan Long, Jordan, and Dasilva churned out two methodical touchdown drives with the second one coming late in the fourth quarter.

A desperation heave by the Hyde Park quarterback in the waning moments was thwarted by an Long interception, allowing the Eagles to line up in Victory formation and run out the clock.

Leading up to the regional championship, the Milford Eagles stormed into the postseason boasting a 7-1 record. They defeated the Hamden Hurricanes 28-0 in the semi-final game before defeating a tough Trumbull Rangers team 34-6 for the Southern Connecticut state championship.

Both games were highlighted by the punishing rush attack led by Long, who scored multiple touchdowns in each, along with forced turnovers by defensive specialist Sam Constantini.

Quarterback Sam Rosa complimented the rushing attack with big pass plays, including a 30-yard scoring strike to Dasilva to close the half.

The Eagles followed up with their state title with a 19-7 regional semi-final victory against the Middletown Islanders, the Rhode Island state champion.

Long tallied all three Milford touchdowns while Constantini forced yet another turnover with the assistance of Jimmy Cobain and the rest of the defense.

With their victory over the Hyde Park Cowboys, the Milford Eagles football team will now advance to the National Championships, along with the three cheer squads in Walt Disney World, Florida.