Fresh off their first 3-0 start since the 2017 season, the Millington Cardinal football team will host the Lancers of Bullock Creek High School on Friday, October 9. Millington’s undefeated record comes courtesy of wins over Standish-Sterling (18-6), Carrollton (28-22), and last Friday’s blowout win over Michigan Lutheran Seminary by the score of 41-7.
Millington has a 6-5 all-time record versus the Lancers, including last year’s bizarre two-day overtime loss. The game was delayed at halftime because of inclement weather and was completed the next day. The Cardinals have not defeated Bullock Creek since late in the Reagan-administration when they pulled out a close 7-6 win in Midland. The Tuscola County Advertiser had the following to say of Millington’s first victory of the 1988 season.
Finally, Cards get win
MIDLAND – The season already has been long for the Millington High School football team, but Friday’s 7-6 upset of Bullock Creek may make it seem shorter.
The win was Millington’s first of the season, with some results that found the Cardinals on the very short end of the score. But not this time.
“It has been a rough year,” said Cardinal Coach Tim Furno. “This helps but there have been so many close ones.”
Millington won the game with 258 yards of offense, 67 on the legs of back John Yorke and 151 on
the arm of quarterback Christian Selich.
But Bullock Creek took the lead first when Lancer back Shawn Baker, who accounted for 112 ground yards, bulled over from three yards out.
Millington came right back in the same second quarter, going 60 yards to a one-yard Yorke run. Jeff Kennard’s kick of the conversion won the game.
The real game-winning play, however, came at the intermission. Lancer quarterback John Church hit end Darrin Bennett with a pass, but Cardinal defensive back Jeff Van Amburg tackled the Lancer at the one as time expired.
“I think this just might be a turning point for my kids,” said Furno. “They played with a lot of heart. They just hung it out there.”
The defense, which was led by the 17 tackles of linebacker John Nitz, 13 of end Matt Bock and the 11 of linebacker Mike Cloutier, bottled up the Lancers the rest of the way.
After starting the season at 0-6, not only did Millington beat Bullock Creek but beat Carrollton (6-0) and Vassar (21-13) to finish the season at 3-6. The 1988 season was the last time Millington has had a losing record.
The 2020 version of the Lancer squad comes into week 4 with a 1-2 record. They defeated Carrollton in week 1 and have close losses to both Ithaca (39-34) and Hemlock (48-32) in the next two weeks. “We’re fast,” said Coach Chris Holly who is in his second year. “We’re going to play fast. We’re big upfront, and our skills are very fast. We have to be more physical. Last year, we lost because we just weren’t physical enough. A lot of quality, quality kids on this team. We don’t have a lot of depth, but the players we have are very good football players.”
Bullock Creek is led by junior quarterback Carter Campau and offensive lineman Nathan Rivard. Campau, who has committed to play baseball at Central Michigan University, threw for 900 yards and eight touchdowns during his sophomore season, including an additional three touchdowns on the ground.
Rivard is a 6-5 230 pound lineman and defensive end that has been keeping Tri-Valley coaches on the edge of their seats.
Millington’s junior quarterback Issac Slough has had this game on his calendar for a while now. He was injured during this game last year and his season was ended. Slough has been a calming influence in the Cardinal huddle this season. He has completed 53% of his passes while throwing for over 330 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 3-0 Cardinals to a #4 ranking in Divison 6. The Cardinal ground game has been strong through the first three weeks. The offensive line anchored by Brody Germain, Luke Hoffman, Domanic Novelli, Nick McClain, and Ashton Smith has provided holes for many a running back to run for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Millington has run for nine touchdowns on the year spread out over five different players.
Even though Friday’s game will be played with limited attendance, fans are still able to watch. In conjunction with the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), Friday’s game and all other Millington events on the football field or in the gymnasium will be live-streamed on the NFHS Network’s website. This is a subscription-based service. Subscriptions can be purchased on an annual basis or a monthly basis through the NFHS Network when you click on the subscribe button. The live stream can be viewed from any computer browser, apps for both Apple and Android devices, or on Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV. Each subscription will allow the user to not only view Millington events that are live-streamed but other high school events as well. A portion of each subscription is donated back to Millington Athletics. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.