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Football Takes To Road Again For Week 3 Battle At Kettering Fairmont

Posted on: September 6, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: After splitting the first two games of the 2018 season, the Milford High School football team will wrap up non-conference play with a third consecutive road game, this time traveling to Kettering Fairmont on Friday night. Kickoff inside Roush Stadium is set for 7 p.m. The Eagles exploded last week against Dixie Heights, finishing the game with 424 yards of total offense and 50 points as the squad evened its record at 1-1 on the year. Milford will be looking to avenge one of last season’s three losses in a match-up of 1-1 squads.

 

A LOOK BACK: In a game that kicked off on Friday night and concluded on Saturday morning after a thunderstorm moved through Northern Kentucky just before halftime, the Eagles broke into the win column for the first time in 2018 in a big way, steamrolling Dixie Heights by a 50-14 score. The high-octane Milford offense rang up 424 yards of total offense, with big numbers both on the ground and threw the air.

 

Senior RB Cameron Kells led the way for Eagles, showing power and speed in rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Junior QB Hunter Johnson showed marked improvement from Week 1 as he connected on 14 of 26 passes for 242 yards with touchdowns to three different receivers.

 

Despite nearly doubling the Eagles in time of possession (31:54 to 16:06), the Colonels managed only 222 yards of total offense. Max Ward led the Milford D with 10 tackles, while Caleb Johns and Brian Stevens had eight each. Dustin Laudermilk added six tackles and three pass break-ups to an impressive 43-yard punt return. Johns also got in the special teams act with a 55-yard kickoff return.

 

Click here to read the full recap and here for the final Milford-Dixie Heights game stats.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: A look at Kettering Fairmont, Milford’s 2018 Week 3 opponent:

  • Friday, Sept. 7 at Fairmont, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 1-1
    • Top Offensive Player: Senior RB Jesse Deglow (251 yards rushing, 3 TDs)
    • Top Defensive Player: Junior LB Trey Baker (23 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT)
    • Last Meeting: 2017; Fairmont 42, Milford 0

 

A NOTE ON PARKING: The Firebirds play their home games at Roush Stadium, located about two blocks from Fairmont High School. Fans should either park at the high school or on a side street in the neighborhood nearby. There is no parking available at the stadium. Click here for more information.

 

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

  • Milford scoring offense (2nd-33.0) vs. Fairmont scoring defense (T-10th-15.0)
  • Milford total offense (4th-361.0) vs. Fairmont total defense (5th-203.5)
  • Milford rushing offense (5th-121.0) vs. Fairmont rushing defense (4th-91.5)
  • Milford passing offense (2nd-240.0) vs. Fairmont passing defense (T-11th-112.0)
  • Fairmont scoring offense (16th-16.5) vs. Milford scoring defense (3rd-17.0)
  • Fairmont total offense (15th-268.5) vs. Milford total defense (7th-394.5)
  • Fairmont rushing offense (4th-232.0) vs. Milford rushing defense (6th-293.5)
  • Fairmont passing offense (19th-36.5) vs. Milford passing defense (5th-101.0)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Three teams remain unbeaten through two weeks of action. Conference action begins next week with a full menu of games.

 

The Week 3 ECC schedule includes: Milford at Fairmont, Harrison at Anderson, Miamisburg at Loveland, St. Xavier at Walnut Hills, Lebanon at West Clermont, Northwest at Withrow, Kings at Covington Catholic and Turpin at Troy.

 

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

Rushing Yards: Cameron Kells (224)

Passing Yards: Hunter Johnson (474)

Receiving Yards: Dylan Hughes (192)

Tackles: Jacob Turner (19)

Sacks: CT Phillips (1.0)

Interceptions: Jacob Cook/Owen Martin (1)

Kickoff Return Yards: Dylan Hughes (98)

Punting Average: Brian Stevens (40.8)

Punt Return Yards: Dustin Laudermilk (41)

 

POLL WATCH: The Eagles’ Week 2 win at Dixie Heights propelled them within a single point of rejoining the top-10 in the Sept. 4 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. Colerain is the unanimous No. 1 team, earning all seven first place votes. Elder, St. Xavier, Moeller and Princeton make up the top-five. West Clermont of the ECC holds down the 10th position in the rankings. In Division II, Kings narrowly holds the top spot with three first place votes. Anderson is fifth with a single top nod, with the ECC also represented by Turpin in a tie for sixth, Loveland in ninth and Withrow among others receiving votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

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.