Milton’s Super Bowl seniors had a lot on the line to sit out at Thanksgiving. So they dressed up and bombed Braintree.

Milton – None of the starting players on Milton’s Division III Super Bowl football team had a chance to sit out on this team. Not against Thanksgiving competitor Braintree. And not with an undefeated season, a chance to outright anchor the Bay State conference title, and retain the Georges Ramecourt Memorial Trophy for the fourth year in a row.

It would have been against Milton’s competitive nature, especially for his seniors, if the Wildcats sat idly by in the 92nd meeting against Braintree.

“Yeah, I would have been mad on the sidelines,” said quarterback Owen McHugh. “We were healthy, we were ready, and we wanted to pass it on to them.”

And that’s exactly what McHugh and Melton managed to do in a 42-0 thrashing of Braintree (4-7) on Thursday at Brooks Field. Melton (11-0) leads the series 50-41-1.

McHugh left no doubt of his intentions to make a powerful final statement before next Saturday’s Super Bowl date against Wakefield by throwing four touchdowns, connecting with senior wide receiver Dillon Mackenzie on throws of 3, 4 and 10 yards.

While other coaches associated with the Super Bowl may have worried about the decision to sit out or play starting pitchers on Thanksgiving, there was no such dilemma for Milton head coach Steve Dembowski.

“If they’re not healthy, they’re not training, they’re not going to play,” Dembowski said. “I feel like we were deep enough that we could handle two kids sitting outside. As it was, we had two kids who were being attacked but we were able to play without them and still play well.”

After taking a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard McHugh throw to McKenzie, the Wildcats escaped a bit of a scare in the first quarter when Milton’s offensive dynamo, senior captain Jack Finnegan, left the game with an ankle injury after being rolled over. Fighting for yardage after a 23-yard run.

Junior backup Nathan Ihoe got into the fray and scored on a 4-yard TD run, but the sight of Finnegan jogging back onto the field for a PAT provided some reassurance.

“I’m fine, I’ll be fine,” said Finnegan, who followed up a McHugh 4-yard TD toss to McKenzie with an 11-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats a 27-0 halftime lead.

Finnegan stopped the Wamps’ first offensive streak of the second half when Braintree intercepted James Tellier at the Milton 40. Eight plays later, Milton capitalized when McHugh found Shane Olsen with an 8-yard TD hit to make it 34-0.

McHugh capped the scoring with 10:48 left when he found McKenzie on a 10-yard TD pass and blocked the two-point conversion with a toss to senior tight end Sean Donovan.

“That’s a lot of paper weight, but we want the biggest for the bookshelf,” said Dembowski. “This group has worked hard all year and we now have some extra time to prepare and get to know Wakefield. We will finish our work, but we will go there with momentum.”

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