CHARLOTTESVILLE — After lightning forced Eastern Hancock and Milan to postpone completion of their contest from Friday to Saturday, it was clear that whoever came out with renewed concentration a day later would have a leg up on the other squad.
The visiting Indians answered the call, while the host Royals were slow out of the gates. And despite a spirited third-quarter comeback, EH fell to Milan 30-19.
Up 7-6 at the beginning of the second quarter when play resumed, the Indians needed just three plays to score, beginning at the EH 30, to go up 14-6. The visitors would add a field goal and pitched a second-quarter shutout, giving way to a 17-6 halftime advantage for Milan.
“They came out ready to play and we didn’t. They jumped on us,” EH coach Pat Echeverria said. “We got on the kids pretty good in the locker room, came out in the third quarter and played pretty good football.”
After a pick-six gave the Indians a 23-6 lead, the Royals engineered a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives.