Last Season: Head Coach Kevin MacDonald and the Milton Academy football team had a very good 2016 season in which they beat some of the top teams in the ISL including a home win against Brooks and road wins against BB&N and Governor’s Academy. The Mustangs lost a close game against Belmont Hill and they also had a road loss against Lawrence Academy. In 2017 Milton Academy will face six ITHMA Top Ten ranked teams including key early season games at St. Sebastian’s and at Governor’s Academy.
Last Season Record: 6-2
ITHMA 2017 ISL Preseason Ranking: # 4
2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (9/23/17) – An early season test for the Mustangs against a good St. Sebastian’s defense led by Bryce Gallagher. @ (7) Governor’s Academy (9/29/17) – MA beat Governor’s 42-18 last year but look for a closer game this year as the Governor’s defense should be much improved. (3) Belmont Hill (10/14/17) – Belmont Hill won 31-28 last season and they bring back most of their key offensive players this season. @ (1) Lawrence Academy (11/4/17) – Milton Academy lost to Lawrence Academy 42-21 last year as A.J. Dillon dominated the game for LA. (5) Noble & Greenough (11/11/17) – The Nobles defense had no answer for Kalel Mullings last season as the Mustangs ended their season with a 56-6 victory.
2017 – Full Schedule – @ (6) St. Sebastian’s (9/23/17), @ (7) Governor’s Academy (9/29/17), Roxbury Latin (10/6/17), (3) Belmont Hill (10/14/17), @ (8) BB&N (10/21/17), Tabor Academy (10/28/17), @ (1) Lawrence Academy (11/4/17), (5) Noble & Greenough (11/11/17)
Key Returning Players – Offense: Kalel Mullings (RB), Kyle Santiago (RB), Jailen Branch (WR), Greg Livingston (WR), Eddie Duggan (WR), Alec Beesmer (QB), Anthony Gallagher (OL), Jason Bussgang (OL)
Key Returning Players – Defense: Kalel Mullings (LB), Jailen Branch (CB), Kyle Santiago (DB), Tom Urquhart (SS), Greg Livingston (FS), Jack Czarniak (LB), Eddie Duggan (LB), Jason Bussgang (DT)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Kalel Mullings (KR)
Breakout Player To Watch – Look for senior lineman Jason Bussgang to have a very good year playing as a guard on the offensive line and as a tackle on the defensive line. Bussgang stands 6’1″ and 275 pounds and he will set the tone for the Milton Academy rushing attack as they lose a number of their best linemen to graduation.
Biggest Team Strength – The sophomore running back tandem of Kalel Mullings and Kyle Santiago will look to dominate games and control the time of possession in the Mustangs favor. In the passing game senior quarterback Alec Beesmer will look for transfer wide receiver Eddie Duggan to stretch the field as he is a big and athletic target at 6’3″ and 215 pounds.
Biggest Team Weakness – Milton Academy lost a number of key players to graduation as running back Michael Silva has moved on to play at Harvard while linemen Allan Rappleyea will play in the ACC at Wake Forest and Kevin Crabtree will play at Villanova. The Mustangs also lose wide receiver Freddy Okito and kicker Min Kyu Park.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: If Milton Academy can replace some key starters on their offensive line they should have one of the best running games in the ISL this season. National recruit Kalel Mullings will lead the way on offense and defense against what looks to be a very difficult schedule that includes games against top ranked Lawrence Academy and third ranked Belmont Hill.