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Eagles Put Away Withrow Early; Set Stage For Showdown With Kings

Posted on: October 7, 2018

About the only thing that could slow down Milford during Week 7 of the high school football season was a second quarter lightning delay as the Eagles rolled to a 48-6 Homecoming victory over Withrow. The Eagles starters played just two quarters, scoring all of their points before the half in improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Eastern Cincinnati Conference play, setting up a first place showdown at Kings next Friday night.

 

First Quarter

  • After the defense forced a game-opening three and out, the Milford special teams asserted themselves in helping the Eagles to a 6-0 lead. Standout WR Jake Ayler broke though the Tigers’ line to block a Withrow punt, which junior DL Hayden Oberschlake snagged out of the air and rumbled 15 yards for a Milford TD.
  • Following another three and out, it was finally the Eagles’ offense’s chance to take the field. Six plays and 42 yards later, it was Ayler once again, this time taking a handoff and racing 11 yards for a score.
  • Seniors CT Phillips and Jacob Turner combined for a sack on the next Withrow possession that forced a punt, giving the ball back to the Eagles. Junior QB Hunter Johnson wasted no time, going long and hooking up with speedster Dylan Hughes for a 59-yard TD strike to make it 20-0.
  • Another Withrow punt set Milford up for another score and this time it was Cameron Kells finding the end zone. The Eagles’ star running back raced 44 yards for yet another score and a 27-0 Milford advantage.

 

Second Quarter

  • Following a nearly one hour delay, the Eagles were celebrating again following their next possession as Kells scored his 18th rushing TD of the year. Johnson connected with Ayler and Jared Engelman on long pass plays that put Kells in position to gallop in from 12 yards out at the 7:19 mark.
  • Eagle junior DB Cameron Hemmert forced a fumble when Withrow got the ball back that fellow DB Dustin Laudermilk pounced on. Five plays later, Johnson was at it again, taking to the air and finding senior TE Connor Foster for a 14-yard score. Grace Ertel was true on the PAT attempt, giving Milford a 41-0 lead.
  • Milford rounded out its scoring for the night at the 1:08 mark when Johnson tossed his third TD of the half, a 17-yard connection with Engelman.

 

Fourth Quarter

  • With younger players seeing action on both sides of the ball for the Eagles, Withrow finally broke through just over a minute into the fourth when Winston Combs hit Ryan Moore from seven yards out for a score.

 

Notable

  • The Eagle defense yielded just 121 yards of total offense, the lowest amount allowed by a Milford team since an 85-yard output by Woodward in 2013. Withrow finished with just 18 yards rushing.
  • Kells picked up his fifth 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career, finishing with 118 yards on just 12 carries.
  • Johnson had another efficient outing, completing 12 of 20 passes for 206 yards and three TDs in just two quarters of play.
  • Ertel was successful on six of her seven PAT attempts and leads the ECC in extra points with 36 and is second for the most points by kicking with 36.
  • Seniors Owen Martin and Ben Tonucci led the defense with six tackles each. Turner combined with both Phillips and Brian Stevens on a pair of Milford sacks.

 

Click here for the final Milford-Withrow game stats.

 

Up Next

  • The Eagles, now 6-1 overall and tied for first in the ECC at 4-0, will head to Kings for a first place battle with the Knights. Kings has an identical record as the Eagles following a 38-16 win at Walnut Hills. Action will get underway next Friday night at 7 p.m.