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Showdown Looms Friday Night Between Milford-Anderson

Posted on: October 7, 2021

SETTING THE SCENE: A big match-up between two ECC heavyweights awaits the turf at Eagles Stadium Powered by Cullen Electric between Milford and Anderson on Friday night. Both teams, despite distinctively different styles, enter the game 5-2 overall and part of a four-way tie for second in the league standings at 4-1. Milford has found success with the ECC’s top rushing offense while Anderson paces the league in passing offense.

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The match-up by the numbers

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

  • Milford scoring offense (T-5th-26.7) vs. Anderson scoring defense (7th-30.1)
  • Milford total offense (5th-335.3) vs. Anderson total defense (10th-409.0)
  • Milford rushing offense (1st-178.9) vs. Anderson rushing defense (9th-211.6)
  • Milford passing offense (7th-156.4) vs. Anderson passing defense (10th-197.4)
  • Anderson scoring offense (1st-39.0) vs. Milford scoring defense (4th-21.4)
  • Anderson total offense (1st-468.6) vs. Milford total defense (6th-312.3)
  • Anderson rushing offense (10th-98.9) vs. Milford rushing defense (5th-136.1)
  • Anderson passing offense (1st-369.7) vs. Milford passing defense (8th-176.1)

Inside the numbers
A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Natwan Webster (526, 3 TDs)
Passing Yards: Austin Hardin (1058, 9 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Reece Davis (366, 4 TDs)
Tackles: Nick Scally (50)
Sacks: Cam Zoromski (5.5)
Interceptions: Jaxon Stickle (1)
Punting Average: Jacob Luecke (36.7)
Kickoff Return Yards: Tahj Price (251)
Punt Return Yards: Luke Ray (38)

A look at Anderson’s statistical leaders:
Rushing Yards: Griffin Scalf (297, 2 TDs)
Passing Yards: Griffin Scalf (2,504, 23 TDs)
Receiving Yards: Joey Faulkner (1,144, 9 TDs)
Tackles: Brodey Berg (15)
Sacks: Wyatt Holt (5)
Interceptions: Brodey Berg/Carson Johnson (2)
Punting Average: Griffin Scalf (29.5)
Kickoff Return Yards: Evan Upchurch (187)
Punt Return Yards: None

Notable 2021 Performances

  • Junior RB Natwan Webster enjoyed the second 100-yard rushing game of his career in Week 1 against Edgewood, finishing with 149 yards on just 15 carries. He also gained 133 yards last year against Turpin.
  • Sophomore WR Reese Davis had a big performance in his first varsity game vs. Edgewood with 141 yards receiving. He along with Chase Duesing (124 yards) became the first Eagle duo since September 2019 (Vince Ringland & Max Ward) vs. Loveland to each top 100 yards in the same game.
  • In just the sixth full game of his career, junior QB Austin Hardin tossed four touchdowns or more for the third time against Edgewood. He has 18 TDs and nearly 1,800 yards to date.
  • Senior WR Chase Duesing went over 100 yards receiving for the second time this season in the Walnut Hills win. Duesing hauled in six passes for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It marked the third 100-yard game of his career.
  • Sophomore RB/LB Tofa Luani made huge contributions on both sides of the ball in the win over Turpin. Luani rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns, while recording a pair of sacks on defense.
  • Senior DL Cam Zoromski had the game of his career in the Turpin win. In addition to helping keep the Spartan run game to just 55 yards, Zoromski had a game-high 11 tackles, including four sacks.
  • Tofa Luani had a second straight monster rushing performance as he matched the school record with six rushing touchdowns against Loveland. He finished with 180 yards on the ground.
  • Natwan Webster had his second 100-yard game of the season against the Tigers, finishing with a career-high 182.
  • Junior LB Nick Scally was outstanding against Winton Woods, finishing with a career-high 13 tackles, the second double digit tackle game of his career. It was the most by an Eagle since Jacob Smith had 16 against Lebanon in last year’s season finale.
  • Despite being undersized as a nose guard, senior Nick Klenk came up big, leading a solid defensive effort by the Eagles in their win over Little Miami. Nick finished the night with a game-high 12 tackles, along with 1.5 sacks. His effort led a defensive effort that allowed only a pair of field goals and just over 200 yards to a potent Little Miami offense.