MILLIGAN — Defense was the name of the game Tuesday night as Exeter-Milligan earned a first-ever trip to the Class D-1 semifinals with a dominating 58-24 victory over High Plains.
The Timberwolves, seeded seventh in the East bracket of the D-1 playoffs, held the Storm to only six points in the first half and added two interceptions and one fumble recovery en route to the win. They will take a unblemished 11-0 record against Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (10-1), which upset top-seeded and previously unbeaten Howells-Dodge 25-18 on the road Tuesday, in the state semifinals Monday in Bruning.
One piece of E-M’s game plan for success was furnished by quarterback James Sluka, who stepped forward after starting signal caller Nolan White suffered a broken hand at the end of the regular season.
Sluka, who carried the ball 15 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns, said any of the Timberwolves would have been happy to fill the position.
“It’s a sacrifice any player wouldn’t have hesitated to make and I was happy to help,” Sluka said. “This time, it was my turn.”