BBA Head Coach Jason Thomas said this will be the fourth time that they have played Milton in his five year tenure as head coach. Last year Milton was able to put pressure on BBA and Thomas expects more of the same going into Friday's game.
"They're [a] physical [team]. We've got to match that physicality," Thomas said. "I expect them to have a similar game plan against us. It all comes down to execution and we have to protect the quarterback. We had some protection break downs last year."
On offense, Thomas said Milton will have to be mindful of BBA both on the ground and in the air.
"We're kind of a pass first, set up the run team," said Thomas. "They have to be able to cover on the back end because we're going to put the ball in the air, that's one of our strengths. They've got to do enough to stop the run, but honor our passing game."
Last Friday the Bulldogs knocked off MAU 52-33 with
Senior Chris Redding - who transferred to Burr and Burton this year from MAU - led the way for the Bulldogs with two rushing touchdowns, one receiving and also threw a 65-yard bomb on a halfback pass to start the second half.
BBA quarterback Jake Stalcup also had a good start to the season going 16-for-30 for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
Redding scored his first touchdown - a nine-yard rush - with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter
With 1:56 left to go in the first quarter, MAU dropped back to punt. The punt was blocked by BBA and recovered in the end zone by BBA's Skyler Clark for a touchdown extending Burr and Burton's lead to 14-0 following the extra point by BBA kicker Eric Cerra.
Tyler Madison put MAU on the board about midway through the second quarter with a touchdown reception from MAU quarterback Damon Young to make the score 14-7 Bullodogs following the extra point.
On third and five with 3:47 left to go in the half, Stalcup threw a 26 yard bomb to sophomore Wilson Vickers - Vickers' first of the night - extending the Bulldogs lead to 20-7 over MAU. Vickers, a sophomore who was playing in his first varsity start, added another touchdown catch before the evening was over.
Turnovers plagued MAU though as they fumbled five times in the first half - four of which were recovered by BBA.
MAU's fifth fumble with 2:41 remaining in the second quarter set up another Burr and Burton score. Following a 15 yard run by Cerra, Stalcup hit Redding in the corner of the end zone to push the score to 27-7 following the extra point.
The 20 point lead did not last long though as MAU halfback Jake Normyll broke loose for a 74 yard touchdown run with 1:26 remaining in the half to pull MAU within 13.
Following Redding's touchdown pass to start the third, Normyll brought MAU back within 13 points off a five yard touchdown rush.
With 2:30 left to go in the third quarter, another MAU fumble would eventually lead to a BBA score when Stalcup hit Vickers for a 17 yard touchdown pass to double the Bulldogs lead - 40-20 - following the extra point.
BBA tacked on another touchdown with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter off a nine yard rush by Redding to make the score 46 to 20. But MAU wasn't done yet. The Patriots would eventually march the ball 95 yards down the field for a touchdown off a five yard pass from Young to Normyll to bring the score to 46-26 BBA.
However, an interception by BBA's Will Tucker with 4:12 left to go in the fourth quarter would lead to another BBA touchdown. Following a penalty that backed them up five yards for a false start, the Bulldogs drove the ball down the field and capped the drive with a five yard touchdown rush by Dalton Blackwell to make the score 52-26. In the waning moments of the game, Young hit Normyll again for a touchdown bringing the score to 52-33.
Normyll rushed for 160 yards and two TDs and had two receiving touchdowns. Young also had a solid game for MAU rushing for 135 yards on 18 carries.
The Bennington Banner contributed to this report.