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Eagles Host Lebanon In Football Home Finale

Posted on: October 22, 2020

SETTING THE SCENE: For the first time as members of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, Milford and Lebanon will square off during Week 9 of the 2020 Ohio High School Football season. The Eagles are coming off perhaps their most complete performance of the season, a 54-21 triumph over rival Loveland in which they outscored the Tigers 27-0 after the half. Milford brings a 3-4 record to the affair, while Lebanon is 3-5 after knocking off Miamisburg in a regular season game last week.

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

  • Milford scoring offense (5th-24.4) vs. Lebanon scoring defense (6th-23.4)
  • Milford total offense (7th-310.6) vs. Lebanon total defense (7th-337.3)
  • Milford rushing offense (8th-111.7) vs. Lebanon rushing defense (6th-163.8)
  • Milford passing offense (3rd-198.9) vs.  Lebanon passing defense (7th-173.5)
  • Lebanon scoring offense (6th-24.1) vs. Milford scoring defense (8th-30.1)
  • Lebanon total offense (6th-324.6) vs. Milford total defense (6th-334.6)
  • Lebanon rushing offense (4th-157.1) vs. Milford rushing defense (8th-184.0)
  • Lebanon passing offense (5th-167.5) vs. Milford passing defense (4th-150.6) 

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Natwan Webster (335, 2 TDs)
Passing Yards: Austin Hardin (1,185, 14 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Vince Ringland (414, 6 TDs)
Tackles: Nick Scally (38)
Sacks: Cam Zoromski (5.0)
Interceptions: Four Tied (1)
Kickoff Return Yards: Tahj Price (402)
Punting Average: Vince Ringland (31.5)
Punt Return Yards: Jaxon Stickle (31)

A look at Lebanon’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Keith Farr (889, 11 TDs)
Passing Yards: Brayden Everitt (1,340, 12 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Blake Lamb (577, 6 TDs)
Sacks: Mason DeGennaro/Parker Dillhoff (3.0)
Interceptions: Blake Lamb (2)
Kickoff Return Yards: Seth Meyers (133)
Punting Average: Keith Farr (28.8)
Punt Return Yards: Blake Lamb (65)

Notable 2020 Performances 

  • After seeing limited action at QB last season and throwing 1 TD, senior Vince Ringland tossed three in the opener against Oak Hills. Ringland found Natwan Webster and Ibrahima Niang for each player’s first TD as an Eagle, while also connecting with Payton Bauer.
  • In just his second start as an Eagle, Natwan Webster rushed for 133 yards, while finding the end zone from five yards out for his first rushing touchdown of the campaign in Milford's week two contest against Turpin. His rushing total was the most by a Milford player since Cameron Kells gained 152 yards against Turpin on October 26, 2018.
  • Making his first-ever varsity start against a tough Winton Woods team, sophomore Austin Hardin was solid at QB for the Eagles. For the game, he completed 20 of 33 passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • In his second-ever start, sophomore QB Austin Hardin went 17-of-29 for 314 yards and five touchdowns in Milford’s 55-26 win over Little Miami. Hardin threw TDs to three different receivers, including a pair of scores of over 40 yards. He was named Tri State Football Player of the Week for his efforts.
  • Junior WR Chase Duesing had the game of his life in the Eagles’ win over Little Miami. For the game, he caught five passes for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both for over 40 yards. He entered the game with three catches for 44 yards this season and had 163 yards receiving all of last season.
  • Tahj Price recorded a 72-yard kickoff return against Colerain. The return was the longest by an Eagle since Chase Witte’s 83-yard return for a touchdown at Walnut Hills on October 23, 2015.
  • A trio of Eagles turned in brilliant performances in the win over rival Loveland:
    • Austin Hardin: threw for a career-high 351 yards and five touchdowns. The sophomore signal-caller completed 16 of 20 throws and added 24 yards on the ground.
    • Tofa Luani: in just his second game as a starter at linebacker, finished the night with three sacks, an interception, and a game-high 12 tackles. He also scored a short rushing touchdown on offense as part of the Eagles' goal line package.
    • Vince Ringland: scored four touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions, accounting for 28 of Milford's 54 points. He caught two touchdown passes (66 & 22 yards), while also rushing for a pair of scores as a wildcat QB. He finished his big night with six catches for 165 yards, while also kicking off nine times.