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Football Travels To Colerain For Playoff Opener

Posted on: October 8, 2020

SETTING THE SCENE: The 2020 Ohio High School Football season, one like none before, turns to the opening round of the playoffs this weekend. Milford, seeded 12th in its region will travel to take on No. 5 seed Colerain. The Cardinals are also the most recent playoff opponent for the Eagles after the squads faced off in the second round of the 2018 playoffs. Colerain brings a 3-2 record to the game, while Milford is 2-3.

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The match-up by the numbers

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

  • Milford scoring offense (6th-24.8) vs. Colerain scoring defense (2nd-12.8)
  • Milford total offense (7th-305.2) vs. Colerain total defense (2nd-194.0)
  • Milford rushing offense (6th-133.8) vs. Colerain rushing defense (1st-63.8)
  • Milford passing offense (5th-171.4) vs. Colerain passing defense (9th-130.2)
  • Colerain scoring offense (4th-24.0) vs. Milford scoring defense (9th-38.0)
  • Colerain total offense (3rd-307.8) vs. Milford total defense (9th-356.2)
  • Colerain rushing offense (3rd-229.5) vs. Milford rushing defense (9th-197.0)
  • Colerain passing offense (7th-78.3) vs. Milford passing defense (5th-159.2)

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Natwan Webster (273, 2 TDs)
Passing Yards: Austin Hardin (650, 8 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Chase Duesing (243, 2 TDs)
Tackles: Nick Skally (27)
Sacks: Cam Zoromski (5.0)
Interceptions: Danny McCoy/Jacob Smith (1)
Kickoff Return Yards: Tahj Price (288)
Punting Average: Vince Ringland (30.3)
Punt Return Yards: Jaxon Stickle (15)

A look at Colerain’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: MJ Flowers (577, 7 TDs)
Passing Yards: Tyler Prather (432, 1 TD)
Receiving Yards: Isaiah Myers (253)
Tackles: Lavert Jarmon (35)
Sacks: Dontay Corleone (5.0)
Interceptions: Sean Williamson (2)
Kickoff Return Yards: Sean Williamson (103)
Punting Average: Brandon Sinclair (34.1)
Punt Return Yards: Freddie Johnson (54)

Notable 2020 Performances 

  • After seeing limited action at QB last season and throwing 1 TD, senior Vince Ringland tossed three in the opener against Oak Hills. Ringland found Natwan Webster and Ibrahima Niang for each player’s first TD as an Eagle, while also connecting with Payton Bauer.
  • In just his second start as an Eagle, Natwan Webster rushed for 133 yards, while finding the end zone from five yards out for his first rushing touchdown of the campaign in Milford's week two contest against Turpin. His rushing total was the most by a Milford player since Cameron Kells gained 152 yards against Turpin on October 26, 2018.
  • Making his first-ever varsity start against a tough Winton Woods team, sophomore Austin Hardin was solid at QB for the Eagles. For the game, he completed 20 of 33 passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • In his second-ever start, sophomore QB Austin Hardin went 17-of-29 for 314 yards and five touchdowns in Milford’s 55-26 win over Little Miami. Hardin threw TDs to three different receivers, including a pair of scores of over 40 yards.
  • Junior WR Chase Duesing had the game of his life in the Eagles’ win over Little Miami. For the game, he caught five passes for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both for over 40 yards. He entered the game with three catches for 44 yards this season and had 163 yards receiving all of last season.

HARDIN NAMED TSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With Eagles Nation behind him, QB Austin Hardin was named the Tri State Football Player of the Week following his 314 yard, five touchdown performance in Milford’s Week 5 win over Little Miami.

RINGLAND EARNS PRESEASON NOD: Senior Vince Ringland was one of several players across the tri-state area to earn preseason recognition from the website Tristatefootball.com. Ringland was named an honorable mention selection as an athlete.

Milford Football Tradition

Conference Championships: 1986, 2017

Playoff Appearances: 1986, 2017, 2018

Playoff Record: 1-3

  • 1986: at Fairfield L 6-21
  • 2017: at Sycamore L 41-35 (OT)
  • 2018: vs. Fairfield W 39-35; vs. Colerain L 48-14