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Eagles Head To Kings For Next ECC Test

Posted on: September 14, 2023

SETTING THE SCENE: Milford will put its first-ever state ranking and its No. 1 position in the region on the line this Friday when it travels north to take on perennial power Kings in a Week 5 showdown. Coming in at 4-0 for the second straight year and sitting 10th in the initial AP State poll, the Eagles will face a 3-1 Knights squad that was upset a week ago at Loveland. Milford has faced Kings just once in the past four seasons and they’ll be looking for their first win over the Knights since 2017.

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The match-up by the numbers

A look at the Milford-Kings match-up by the numbers (per game averages & conference team rankings):

  • Milford scoring offense (1st-46.0) vs. Kings scoring defense (3rd-24.5)
  • Milford total offense (2nd-401.3) vs. Kings total defense (4th-293.0)
  • Milford rushing offense (4th-143.3) vs. Kings rushing defense (4th-100.0)
  • Milford passing offense (3rd-258.0) vs. Kings passing defense (4th-193.0)
  • Kings scoring offense (4th-30.5) vs. Milford scoring defense (7th-26.3)
  • Kings total offense (3rd-330.0) vs. Milford total defense (9th-372.5)
  • Kings rushing offense (5th-132.8) vs. Milford rushing defense (3rd-99.5)
  • Kings passing offense (6th-197.3) vs. Milford passing defense (9th-273.0)

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Nathan Webster (471, 8 TDs)
Passing Yards: Luke Brand (1,032, 7 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Reece Davis (464, 4 TDs)
Tackles: Andrew Littrell (42)
Sacks: Christian Felix/Andrew Littrell (2.0)
Interceptions: Will Reid/Toto Luani (2)
Kicking Points: Mason Cooper (28)
Punting Average: Jacob Luecke (38.1)
Kickoff Return Yards: Reece Davis (151, 0 TDs)
Punt Return Yards: Reece Davis (135, 1 TD)

A look at Kings’ statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Carson Lindholm (228, 4 TDs)
Passing Yards: Grant Nurre (789, 7 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Nate Lyman (385, 5 TDs)
Tackles: Colton Weisbrod (37)
Sacks: Caden Walker (3.5)
Interceptions: Colton Weisbrod (4)
Kicking Points: Drew Burdine (16)
Punting Average: Jacob Rudsowski (34.4)
Kickoff Return Yards: Paul Kelly (51)
Punt Return Yards: Ben Harris (24)

Notable 2023 Performances

  • Newcomer Nathan Webster made an immediate impact in his Milford debut in Week 1 vs. Edgewood. The transfer from the Atlanta-area and younger brother of former Eagle RB Natwan Webster is also a running back. Against Edgewood, Webster rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Senior Max Hardoerfer had the biggest play of his Milford career late in the Edgewood contest as he scooped up a fumble forced by Daniel Walker and rumbled 72 yards for a touchdown.
  • Senior Reece Davis was a dual threat in a big way in Milford's wild win over Lebanon. He opened the game with an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown, then hauled in a receiving TD late in the first quarter. He capped the night with the game-winning TD reception with 34 seconds remaining. Reece finished the night with nine catches for 130 yards, along with 175 yards in returns.
  • In just his second start at QB, junior Luke Brand had a big night at Lebanon, connecting on three TD passes. He finished the night 20 of 37 for 240 yards passing.
  • Junior LB Christian Felix made his first big impact play of the season on defense with a sack/forced fumble that set up an Eagles' touchdown. He finished with three tackles on top of the strip sack.
  • Junior QB Luke Brand had a record-setting performance in the Eagles' big win over rival Loveland. For the night, Brand set a Milford school record with 423 passing yards, connecting on 34-of-46 passes and a pair of touchdowns. He also added a pair of rushing touchdowns.
  • Senior K Mason Cooper connected on all seven of his extra point attempts, as well as his first career field goal, a 31-yard try. He also kicked off a total of eight times with four resulting in touchbacks.
  • Reeve Davis topped 100 yards receiving for the second straight game against Loveland, hauling in 10 passes for a career-high 172 yards.
  • Nathan Webster continued to make his presence felt in the Loveland win, totaling 127 yards for his second 100-yard plus game of the year.
  • In a big win over Anderson and its high-powered offense, the foursome of Andrew Littrell, Tofa Luani, Cole Miller and Nathan Webster all played a starring role. The Eagles' linebacker threesome of Andrew (17), Cole (17) and Tofa (14) combined for 48 tackles on the night as the Milford defense withstood 108 offensive snaps by Anderson. Andrew also had a sack and forced a pick-six interception return with a fierce rush of the quarterback. Tofa tagged on 1.5 tackles for loss, blocked a punt, and scored three rushing touchdowns on offense. Nathan matched Tofa with three rushing scores, while finishing with 170 yards on the ground.
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