News Archive

Football To Host Fairfield In First-ever Home Playoff Game

Posted on: October 31, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: History will be made on Friday night when the Milford High School football team welcomes Fairfield to Eagle Stadium in the first home playoff game in school history. The fourth-seeded Eagles have won two in a row and six of their last seven to bring an 8-2 record into the playoffs. Fairfield is 7-3 and has lost two in row. This marks the third time Milford has qualified for the playoffs and the second straight year. Kickoff in the Division I, Region 4 game is set for 7 p.m.

 

Click here to download the Milford Football Playoff Media Guide.

 

A LOOK BACK: Milford’s defense kept Turpin’s high-powered offense in check and Jake Ayler had a Senior Night to remember with three touchdowns as the Eagles wrapped up the regular season in style with a 33-7 win over Turpin. The Eagle D limited the Spartans to a season-low 121 total yards (over 250 below their season average), while Ayler found the end zone as a rusher, a receiver and a punt returner and finished with 183 all-purpose yards. The win pushes Milford to 8-2 on for the season.

 

Click here to read more and click here for the final Milford-Turpin game stats.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: A look at Fairfield, Milford’s 2018 OHSAA Playoffs opponent:

  • Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Fairfield, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 7-3, 6-2 GMC (4th Division II area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Offensive Player: Junior RB Jutahn McClain (1,676 yards rushing, 378 yards receiving, 31 total TDs)
    • Top Defensive Player: Senior LB Del Thomas (68 tackles, 5.5 sacks)
    • Last Meeting: 2005; Fairfield 37, Milford 0

 

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

  • Milford scoring offense (1st-40.0) vs. Fairfield scoring defense (5th-18.1)
  • Milford total offense (2nd-372.1) vs. Fairfield total defense (5th-280.7)
  • Milford rushing offense (4th-163.4) vs. Fairfield rushing defense (2nd-129.2)
  • Milford passing offense (2nd-208.7) vs. Fairfield passing defense (10th-151.5)
  • Fairfield scoring offense (2nd-34.1) vs. Milford scoring defense (4th-23.6)
  • Fairfield total offense (1st-408.0) vs. Milford total defense (2nd-277.5)
  • Fairfield rushing offense (3rd-248.1) vs. Milford rushing defense (6th-202.0)
  • Fairfield passing offense (1st-159.9) vs. Milford passing defense (1st-75.5)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Kings went unbeaten in ECC play this year to secure the 2018 league championship, the Knights third crown since the formation of the league. Milford finished second at 6-1 in league play, followed by Anderson (4-3), Turpin (4-3), Walnut Hills (3-4), West Clermont (3-4), Loveland (1-6) and Withrow (0-7).

 

In addition to the Eagles, two other ECC squads will be competing in playoff action as Kings, ranked second in its Division II region, will host No. 7 Anderson.

 

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

Rushing Yards: Cameron Kells (1,471)

Passing Yards: Hunter Johnson (2,077)

Receiving Yards: Dylan Hughes (669)

Tackles: Hayden Johnson (80)

Sacks: Brian Stevens (5.0)

Interceptions: Owen Martin (3)

Kickoff Return Yards: Dylan Hughes (235)

Punting Average: Brian Stevens (38.0)

Punt Return Yards: Dustin Laudermilk (125)

 

POLL WATCH: Final Division I coaches’ poll:

  1. Colerain 2. Elder 3. Mason 4. Fairfield 5. Moeller 6. St. Xavier 7. Lakota East 8. Milford 9. Sycamore 10. (tie) Hamilton/Lebanon RV: Walnut Hills/West Clermont

 

Final Division II area coaches’ poll (ECC teams only): 2. Kings 7. (tie) Anderson/Turpin RV: Loveland, Withrow. The final coaches’ poll can be viewed here.

 

KELLS NAMED BLITZ 5 PRIMETIME PERFORMER: After his record breaking, seven touchdown performance in Milford’s Week 6 win over Anderson, senior RB Cameron Kells was voted Blitz 5’s Primetime Performer of the Week.

 

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 teams 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.