“Winning seven games last year was considered pretty good for the Milton program,” said Eagles’ head coach Howie DeCristofano, citing that it was the most wins Milton had in a season since 2008. “However, we underachieved in the fact that we had talent but we didn’t play as well as I liked. Our goal is to win some playoff games.”
The Eagles must replace 10 starters on offense, including last season’s starting quarterback AJ Bush, who is no longer with the program, and running back Peyton Barber, who rushed for 1,713 yards last year. Three players, senior Cody Sant and juniors Clint Winter and Austin McLeod, will compete for the quarterback spot. “Each of them is working hard, has been with our program and understand what is expected of them,” said DeCristofano.
The starting QB will have the luxury of handing the ball off to one of the premier players in the entire state of Georgia, senior running back Treyvon Paulk, who had 964 yards rushing last season along with 14 touchdowns and has committed to play at the University of Tennessee next fall. Leading the charge on the offensive line will be junior Nick Wilson, who is considered one of the top guards within his class in the entire country.
The defensive will miss the presence of defensive lineman Carl Lawson, the Under Armour All-America who had 24.5 sacks last season and will attend Auburn this fall. The defensive leader of front seven will be junior Quarte Sapp, who led the team in total tackles last season with 68.5, including five sacks.
Milton will have an experienced secondary as seniors Chase Polkow and Grey Davis will start at the safety positions while senior Lucas Nedza and junior Devyn Wilkins provide coverage as the top cornerbacks.
The Eagles retained the services of senior punter Matt Moskkovitz, who averaged 37 yards per punt last season, including 11 punts inside the 20-yard line. “Matt has had a good summer at college camps and as a good athlete who is a state-champion weightlifter, he gives us options for special plays,” said DeCristofano. “He can change the field position with just one kick.”