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Eagles Welcome Lebanon For Football Playoff Opener

Posted on: October 28, 2021

SETTING THE SCENE: Its playoff time and Milford, which earned the No. 6 seed in Region 4, will be facing a familiar foe as it welcomes league rival Lebanon to Eagle Stadium Powered by Cullen Electric. For the second time in three weeks, the Eagles and Warriors will be squaring off with Milford looking to avenge a last minute defeat to Lebanon during Week 9. Having qualified for the OHSAA Playoffs for just the fifth time in school history, Milford will be chasing its second-ever playoff victory.

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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 (7th-24.2) vs. Lebanon scoring defense (7th-28.0)
  • Milford total offense (7th-301.3) vs. Lebanon total defense (8th-343.8)
  • Milford rushing offense (3rd-164.8) vs. Lebanon rushing defense (7th-178.6)
  • Milford passing offense (6th-136.5) vs. Lebanon passing defense (7th-165.2)
  • Lebanon scoring offense (8th-19.4) vs. Milford scoring defense (4th-21.6)
  • Lebanon total offense (6th-302.7) vs. Milford total defense (6th-320.7)
  • Lebanon rushing offense (2nd-168.2) vs. Milford rushing defense (5th-150.3)
  • Lebanon passing offense (7th-134.4) vs. Milford passing defense (7th-170.4)

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Natwan Webster (690, 6 TDs)
Passing Yards: Austin Hardin (1328, 10 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Reece Davis (483, 5 TDs)
Tackles: Nick Scally (77)
Sacks: Cam Zoromski (5.5)
Interceptions: Four tied (1)
Punting Average: Jacob Luecke (38.4)
Kickoff Return Yards: Tahj Price (312)
Punt Return Yards: Luke Ray (95)

A look at Lebanon’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Braden Kay (1104, 7 TDs)
Passing Yards: Adam Sherick (1194, 11 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Seth Meyers (452, 5 TDs
Tackles: Parker Dillhoff (61)
Sacks: Evan Black/Parker Dillhoff (2.5)
Interceptions: Slade Keil (4)
Punting Average: Braeden Coward (32.8)
Kickoff Return Yards: Seth Meyers (419)
Punt Return Yards: Slade Keil (34)

Notable 2021 Performances

  • Junior RB Natwan Webster enjoyed the second 100-yard rushing game of his career in Week 1 against Edgewood, finishing with 149 yards on just 15 carries. He also gained 133 yards last year against Turpin.
  • Sophomore WR Reese Davis had a big performance in his first varsity game vs. Edgewood with 141 yards receiving. He along with Chase Duesing (124 yards) became the first Eagle duo since September 2019 (Vince Ringland & Max Ward) vs. Loveland to each top 100 yards in the same game.
  • In just the sixth full game of his career, junior QB Austin Hardin tossed four touchdowns or more for the third time against Edgewood.
  • Senior WR Chase Duesing went over 100 yards receiving for the second time this season in the Walnut Hills win. Duesing hauled in six passes for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It marked the third 100-yard game of his career.
  • Sophomore RB/LB Tofa Luani made huge contributions on both sides of the ball in the win over Turpin. Luani rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns, while recording a pair of sacks on defense.
  • Senior DL Cam Zoromski had the game of his career in the Turpin win. In addition to helping keep the Spartan run game to just 55 yards, Zoromski had a game-high 11 tackles, including four sacks.
  • Tofa Luani had a second straight monster rushing performance as he matched the school record with six rushing touchdowns against Loveland. He finished with 180 yards on the ground.
  • Natwan Webster had his second 100-yard game of the season against the Tigers, finishing with a career-high 182.
  • Junior LB Nick Scally was outstanding against Winton Woods, finishing with a career-high 13 tackles, the second double digit tackle game of his career. It was the most by an Eagle since Jacob Smith had 16 against Lebanon in last year’s season finale.
  • Despite being undersized as a nose guard, senior Nick Klenk came up big, leading a solid defensive effort by the Eagles in their win over Little Miami. Nick finished the night with a game-high 12 tackles, along with 1.5 sacks.
  • Going against the high-octane Anderson passing game, Jaxon Stickle finished with 11 total tackles (10 solo) and two pass break-ups. He continued his fine season on special teams as well, totaling 36 yards on kickoff returns.
  • Sophomore Sawyer Copp and junior Natwan Webster have been instrumental in one of the league's top rushing attacks all season and were again against Lebanon. Sawyer finished that game with a season-high 94 yards, while Natwan added 72. Each player also found the end zone for a rushing touchdown as the Eagles finished with 172 yards rushing.
  • Junior DB Jacob Smith helped slow the West Clermont rushing attack, holding the Wolves to only seven points and less than four yards per carry. For the game, Jacob had a career-best 16 tackles, along with his first interception of the year (returned 31 yards) and a pass break-up.