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King Leads Eagles Past Walnut Hills, 37-0

Posted on: September 30, 2017

Senior QB Blake King accounted for five total touchdowns as Milford picked up its fifth victory of the season and third straight, a 37-0 route of Walnut Hills on Friday night. King connected on four touchdowns through the air, including three to Dylan Hughes, while rushing for a fifth score as Milford kept pace in the chase for the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship at 3-0 in league play.


After completing 18 of 22 passes in last week’s win at Loveland, King was almost as efficient in the win at Walnut, connecting on 15 of 22 tosses for 190 yards and the four scores. All Hughes did was catch touchdowns as all three of his grabs, for 85 yards, went for six points. Sam Pickett led all receivers with five catches for 33 yards and hauled in the fourth King touchdown.


Milford (5-1, 3-0 ECC) wasted little time in taking an early 7-0 lead after forcing a Walnut (1-5, 0-3 ECC) punt on the latter’s first drive. Freshman Caleb Johns broke off a couple of big runs to spark the drive, but it was King hooking up with Pickett from 11 yards out that got the Eagles on the scoreboard with just over seven minutes to play in the first.


Walnut bled nearly six minutes off the clock on its next possession before turning the ball on downs over to Milford. The visiting Eagles again marched down the field, but this time the host Eagles came up big, stuffing Milford on three straight plays inside the Walnut five-yard line.


Later in the second quarter, after a 22-yard punt return by Evan Baugh set the Eagles up with strong field position, King wasted no time airing it out for his favorite deep target as he found Hughes all alone for a 35-yard scoring strike. The duo was at it again near the five-minute mark of quarter two as an 11-yard toss, followed by a King two-point conversion run put the visitors up 22-0. The third score of the night was set up by a big play by sophomore Hayden Oberschlake who pounced on a poor snap on a Walnut Hills punt deep in the home team’s territory.


As the second quarter rolled on, it was more of the same story, the one entitled the King to Hughes show as the duo’s third score of the period, this one a 39-yard bomb, pushed Milford to paydirt again. The Eagles again converted on the two-point attempt chance as King hit Jacob Turner in the back of the endzone.


With the running clock in place due to the OHSAA score differential rule, the rapidly played second half saw no third quarter scoring as Milford held onto a comfortable 30-0 lead. In the fourth, King called his own number from three yards out for the final score with 4:00 showing to play. The eight-play, 80-yard drive was highlighted by consecutive runs of 14 and 13 yard runs and a 17-yard catch and run by tight end Connor Foster.


While the offense grabbed the headlines, the Milford defense also was stellar as it yielded a season-low 158 yards of total offense to Walnut Hills. The senior duo of Bryce Dugan and Bailey Knox caused havoc for Walnut all night, combining for 12 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Milford ground game was paced by Johns who finished with 70 yards rushing.


The Eagles will try to keep their magic going next week when it returns home for the first of two straight when it hosts Kings.