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Football Headed To Anderson For Big ECC Match-Up

Posted on: September 27, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: The teams featuring the top two offenses in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference are set to meet this Friday night when Milford travels to Anderson for a Week 6 clash. Both squads are 4-1 on the season, with the Eagles 2-0 in league play, while the Redskins have split their two league contests. The game is also slated to be WCPO Channel 9’s Game of the Week with pre- and post-game coverage on tap.

 

A LOOK BACK: Milford scored early and they scored often, putting up 50 first half points and ultimately running away from rival Loveland, 71-21 during Week 5 of the 2018 prep football season. The Eagles offense was relentless, scoring on all but its last possession of the game in finishing with what is believed to be a school record for points in a game. Junior QB Hunter Johnson topped 300 yards passing and tossed six touchdowns, while senior RB Cameron Kells finished with 238 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

 

Click here to read more, click here for the final Milford-Loveland game stats and here for a photo gallery from the game courtesy of Tammy Ruehrwein.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: A look at Anderson, Milford’s 2018 Week 6 opponent:

  • Friday, Sept. 28 at Anderson, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 4-1, 1-1 ECC (6th Division II area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Offensive Player: Junior QB David Thompson (1566 yards passing, 15 total TDs)
    • Top Defensive Player: Senior LB Jimmy O’Toole (5.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles)
    • Last Meeting: 2017; Milford 41, Anderson 40

 

THE MATCH-UP: A look at the Milford-Anderson match-up by the numbers (per game averages with conference team rankings):

  • Milford scoring offense (1st-40.0) vs. Anderson scoring defense (4th-21.2)
  • Milford total offense (2nd-374.8) vs. Anderson total defense (6th-341.2)
  • Milford rushing offense (5th-124.2) vs. Anderson rushing defense (6th-240.6)
  • Milford passing offense (2nd-250.6) vs. Anderson passing defense (4th-100.6)
  • Anderson scoring offense (2nd-33.2) vs. Milford scoring defense (4th-23.6)
  • Anderson total offense (1st-417.2) vs. Milford total defense (4th-320.0)
  • Anderson rushing offense (6th-94.4) vs. Milford rushing defense (7th-240.6)
  • Anderson passing offense (1st-322.8) vs. Milford passing defense (1st-70.4)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: The ECC race continues to be tightly contested with Milford and Kings the last two remaining unbeatens at 2-0. Behind the front running duo are Anderson, Loveland, Turpin and West Clermont, all at 1-1.

 

The Week 6 ECC schedule includes: Milford at Anderson, Loveland at West Clermont, Walnut Hills at Turpin and Withrow at Kings.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:

Rushing Yards: Cameron Kells (550)

Passing Yards: Hunter Johnson (1,247)

Receiving Yards: Dylan Hughes (435)

Tackles: Jacob Turner (45)

Sacks: Brian Stevens (2.0)

Interceptions: Owen Martin (2)

Kickoff Return Yards: Dylan Hughes (235)

Punting Average: Brian Stevens (39.2)

Punt Return Yards: Dustin Laudermilk (122)

 

POLL WATCH: The Eagles resounding win over Loveland pushed them into 10th place in the Sept. 24 Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. Colerain is again No. 1, earning all seven first place votes. Moeller, Elder, St. Xavier and Fairfield complete the top-five. West Clermont from the ECC is among others receiving votes.

 

In the Division II poll, Kings is in a tie for first, with Anderson sixth, Turpin seventh and Loveland the only team also receiving votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?: The second regular season installment of the OHSAA Computer Ratings which ultimately determines the playoff match-ups across the state have been released. In DI, the top-eight teams in each of Ohio’s four regions will earn a berth in the playoffs. The current top-eight in Region 4 by ranking are: Colerain, Mason, Moeller, Elder, Fairfield, Oak Hills, Milford and Sycamore.

 

In the Division II, Region 8 rankings, of which much of the ECC resides, Kings is showing as No. 1, with Anderson and Turpin on the outside looking in, in ninth and 11th respectively.

 

TRISTATE FOOTBALL HONORS EAGLE PAIR: Prior to each season, area website Tristatefootball.com recognizes the best of the best with inclusion on the site’s three all-area websites. The team’s are decided based on a combination of fan vote and staff input and the 2018 squads feature a pair of Eagles. On the offensive side of the ball, senior TE Connor Foster was selected to the second team, while senior WR Jake Ayler earned a slot on the third team.