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Football To Battle Rival Loveland For Battle Of The Bell Friday

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Setting the Scene: In a rare twist, the Milford Eagles will host conference and township rival Loveland in a non-conference match-up this Friday night. The meeting between the Eagles and Tigers will be the first of two in a three-week span and came as a result of a scheduling quirk tied to the expansion of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference next season. Milford is coming off a dramatic 27-26 win over Dayton Dunbar, while Loveland fell in Week 2 to Lebanon, 50-20.

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

  • Milford scoring offense (6th-7.0) vs. Loveland scoring defense (7th-50.0)
  • Milford total offense (6th-197.0) vs. Loveland total defense (7th-379.0)
  • Milford rushing offense (5th-98.0) vs. Loveland rushing defense (7th-270.0)
  • Milford passing offense (6th-99.0) vs.  Loveland passing defense (5th-179.0)

  • Loveland scoring offense (5th-20.0) vs.Milford scoring defense (5th-19.0)
  • Loveland total offense (5th-207.5) vs. Milford total defense (4th-322.5)
  • Loveland rushing offense (7th-34.0) vs. Milford rushing defense (5th-148.5)
  • Loveland passing offense (4th-173.5) vs. Milford passing defense (4th-174.0)

 Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Caleb Johns (183)
Passing Yards: Hunter Johnson (198)
Receiving Yards: Payton Bauer (62)
Tackles: Cameron Hemmert (16)
Sacks: None
Interceptions: Four tied (1)
Kickoff Return Yards: Jaxon Stickle (64)
Punting Average: Vince Ringland (32.4)
Punt Return Yards: Max Ward (27)

A look at Loveland’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Liam Hamill (98)
Passing Yards: Calvin Cloud (347)
Receiving Yards: Bailey Jackson (119)
Sacks: None
Interceptions: None
Kickoff Return Yards: Liam Hamill (125)
Punting Average: Luca Aquilino (23.4)
Punt Return Yards: None

Noting the 2019 Season

  • After playing primarily on the defensive side of the ball in 2018, junior RB Caleb Johns carried the ball 18 times in the opener against Princeton, finishing with a career-high 100 yards rushing.
  • The Eagles welcomed nine new starters on the offensive side of the ball and seven on defense in the Princeton contest.
  • Senior LB Lucas Bowling scored the winning points against Dunbar with an 18-yard interception return. His pick-six was the first by an Eagle since Bryce Dugan against Anderson on Oct. 20, 2017.
  • Junior Payton Bauer and sophomore Noah Earley each scored their first career touchdowns on passes from Hunter Johnson against Dunbar.