- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:54
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After a slow start to the season, the Washington & Lee Eagles have rolled to three straight lopsided victories that have earned them a 1-A playoff berth. Now Coach Antron Yates and his team have set their sights on earning a home postseason game.
The Eagles defeated Northumberland 37-6, Friday night at home. That victory came on the heels of a 36-0 win over Lancaster and a 33-16 homecoming victory over Spotsylvania. The three straight victories were racked up after the Eagles started the season 1-3.
“One of the main keys to the decisive victories was good fundamental defense,” said Coach Yates. “Coach Ed Carey has the defense playing very well.”
Led by seniors Milan Bullock, Davon Hamilton and Alex Lane, the W&L starting defense allowed only 10 points in the three straight victories. Bullock, a hard-hitting linebacker who also plays running back, scored a touchdown against Northumberland.
Hamilton, a defensive back who also plays wide receiver, had three touchdown catches Friday from junior quarterback Treshaun Brown, who passed for 273 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Jarett Sumiel also had a touchdown for W&L Friday.
“Treshuan Brown has given us the stability we need at quarterback, Yates said. “I really think that this team is starting to gel at the right time. Our goal is to get better each week.”
“The other key to victory has been the offense becoming selfless and playing for each other. In some games, the passing game was effective, and in other games the run game has been effective. The offensive line has been the anchor in both situations.” Yates said.
Bullock, a three-sport letterman and a Governor’s School academic at W&L, has been a central player in the Eagles’ resurgence. “I love the game, the intensity,” Bullock said. “I want to do better and better, and I want our team to get better and better.”
“The beginning of the season was rough. But now, everybody is working together, and that has made us a better team,” Bullock said. “Our coaches pushed us to stick together, and now we are playing together as a team.”
“Milan is solid steel,” said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. “He’s got a great work ethic, he’s strong as an ox, he loves the weight room, and he’s a straight A student. What’s not to like?”
Bullock, the son of a single mom, said he has been encouraged to continuously get better by his mother, Tammy Smith. “She has been my number-one fan.”
Bullock also plays basketball and is a jumper in track. “Football has always been a big sport for my family. My older brother has always been on me to get better.” Bullock, who is 5’11” and weighs 170 lbs., said, “I have never been the biggest player, but I love the game, and I’ve always tried to improve.”
Hoping he can play football in college, Bullock - who has had a broken wrist and a concussion while playing - is interested in a career in sports medicine. “I want to help people the way the coaches, doctors and trainers helped me,” Bullock said.
“He’s a hard-nosed kid, fast and quick,” said Lewis. “He can definitely play at the next level.”
“Education obviously comes first,” Bullock said. “But if I can do both in college, I would like to do it.”
Next on the agenda for Bullock and the Eagles is defeating Rappahannock this Friday, and then facing Essex and Colonial Beach in successive weeks. The team is determined to earn a home playoff game.
“We are in position to play for the Northern Neck District Championship,” said Coach Yates. “We feel that we have three championship games. The first one is this Friday versus Rappahannock. We will take it one game at time.”