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Football Eagles Set For Home Opener Against Lakota East

Posted on: August 26, 2021

SETTING THE SCENE: With its first victory of the 2021 season under its belt, the Milford Eagles are back on the gridiron this Friday night, hosting Lakota East in its home opener. The Eagles were flying high on opening night, registering over 500 yards of total offense in a 41-14 win at Edgewood, handing head coach Tom Grippa his 200th career win. Milford benefitted from a 149-rushing performance by Natwan Webster and 100+ receiving yard efforts from Reece Davis and Chase Duesing last Friday. The match-up marks the first between the Eagles and ThunderHawks since 2006.

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The match-up by the numbers

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

  • Milford scoring offense (2nd-41.0) vs. Lakota East scoring defense (6th-24.4)
  • Milford total offense (1st-531.0) vs. Lakota East total defense (1st-63.3)
  • Milford rushing offense (2nd-238.0) vs. Lakota East rushing defense (1st-50.1)
  • Milford passing offense (3rd-293.0) vs. Lakota East passing defense (1st-13.2)

  • Lakota East scoring offense (5th-27.0) vs. Milford scoring defense (T-4th-14.0)
  • Lakota East total offense (5th-424.0) vs. Milford total defense (5th-322.0)
  • Lakota East rushing offense (4th-247.0) vs. Milford rushing defense (5th-161.0)
  • Lakota East passing offense (3rd-177.0) vs. Milford passing defense (6th-161.0)

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Natwan Webster (149)
Passing Yards: Austin Hardin (293, 4 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Reece Davis (141, 2 TDs)
Tackles: Luke Ray (10)
Sacks: Will Riesenberg (1.5)
Interceptions: None
Punting Average: None
Kickoff Return Yards: Jaxon Stickle (31)
Punt Return Yards: Jaxon Stickle (2)

A look at Lakota East’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: TJ Kathman (96, 1 TD)
Passing Yards: TJ Kathman (177, 2 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Caleb Vanhosser (92, 1 TD)
Sacks: None
Interceptions: None
Punting Average: Charlie Kenrich (33.5)
Kickoff Return Yards: Nick Rabin (53)
Punt Return Yards: None

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 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. He has 18 TDs and nearly 1,800 yards to date.