Milford Mill head coach guided the his Millers to a win over No. 5 Franklin
by Gary Adornato
Milford Mill ended a bitter five-year losing streak to Baltimore County rival Franklin in thrilling fashion, last Saturday, as the 13th-ranked Millers came from behind to knock off fifth-ranked Indians, 26-21, earning Milford Mill head coach Reggie White the honor being named the Baltimore Touchdown Club Coach of the Week.
“It was a feeling of relief, like we got the monkey off our back,” said White of the victory. “It had been 5 years and 7 games since we beat them. Our kids were locked in and they practiced and studied very hard the entire week. FHS has always represented Baltimore County well, and we know we will be seeing them again in the playoffs.”
According to White, the Millers excelled in all three phases of the game against Franklin.
“The key to our victory was total team play, all three phases of the game had a big part in is winning,” he explained. “Defensively, we tried not to give up the big play, create some 3 and outs. Offensively we wanted to control the clock and establish a great run game. On Special Teams, we did not give them any big plays and created some turnovers. We executed our game plan, not to perfection, but we got it done.”
White provided tremendous praise and credit to his staff.
“Gregg Trogdon (Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator) is my right hand man,” said White. “We’ve been together over a decade and his game plan and the way he has the offense prepared is second to none. Byron Jones (Linebackers) is my second in command on defense. He is in charge of the scouting reports. He also is a key component to helping me with the defensive game plan.
“Greg Hargis (Offensive Line) gets the O-Line prepared each and every week. He has them ready to play against multiple defensive fronts, and extravagant blitzes. Robert Jackson (Quarterbacks) has the QB’s ready to play each week and Joe Coates (Defensive Backs) has a tough job getting the secondary ready. We have a variety of coverages we use in each game and he does an amazing job having that unit prepared. In addition, Mike Peoples (Assistant Defensive Line Coach) has been such a help to me with the defensive line. He really handles the individual time with them allowing me to concentrate more on the game plan. He will eventually take over as the Defensive Line Coach.”
White, who was also recognized by the BTC in 2016, has great admiration for the organization.
“The BTC is State recognized as one of the best organizations around, between them, the MFCA (Maryland Football Coaches Association) and the PG County Athletic Association, they run the Big 33 game. The BTC all-star game is a great game, and they are a respected organization throughout Maryland and the surrounding States. It is very well respected by college coaches as well, so this is a huge honor, because it’s so many great coaches within this organization.
“The BTC not only represents the game of football, but we are highly motivated to help kids get into college, and when we come together for a meeting, we are all in one accord, no ego’s and it’s all about serving the players and trying to get them to the next level. It’s like no other organization in the State, I’m proud to be a member.”