By HockomockSports.com Staff
Milford junior Isaiah Pantalone has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 6 through Sept. 12. Pantalone is the first player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.
Pantalone made an impressive varsity debut on Friday night against Foxboro, amassing 368 total yards on just six touches and caught three touchdown passes, helping the Hawks open the season with a 49-28 win. He finished with four catches for 296 yards, one carry for 11 yards, and had a 61-yard kickoff return.
“You saw that kid tonight, Isaiah Pantalone, he’s a special kid,” said Milford head coach Dale Olson after the game. “Isaiah is a dynamic athlete he played subvarsity last year because of the amount of senior athletes we had.”
If there were questions about whether Milford could match last year’s prolific offense, they were answered just seconds into the game. A halfback pass from Matt Girard found Pantalone wide open for an 80-yard score on the first play from scrimmage. Later in the first half, Evan Cornelius found Pantalone across the middle, in between a pair of Foxboro defenders, and he burst out of the pack for a 74-yard touchdown.
After Foxboro got a score back and cut the Milford lead to seven, Pantalone stole back momentum with a 61-yard kickoff return that gave the Hawks excellent field position, and turned into another Milford touchdown. He also caught a 76-yard pass, which would have been a touchdown but for Tommy Sharkey’s hustle, and had an 11-yard carry that came up an inch short of the goal line. With the chance to run clock in the fourth quarter, Milford got Pantalone one-on-one on the outside and hit him on a 66-yard slant that effectively put the game away.
The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.