MILFORD – The Milford Eagles football team has steadily improved under the direction of coach Shane Elkin.
In 2012, Milford finished 1-9. A year later, the Eagles improved by two victories. Last year, they tacked on two more victories. If they were to continue on this current arc, that would put them at 7-3 for the regular season.
Barring any kind of extended run in the playoffs, that would be a good way to send out 30-plus seniors. Elkin believes the Eagles are poised for a winning season.
“The future looks bright for the Milford Eagles,” the coach said. “We return three first-team all-Eastern Cincinnati Conference players and are having a great offseason.”
The aforementioned players are Ben Greenwell, Clay Knecht and Noah Robinson. The Eagles return eight starters overall.
Greenwell was tabbed special mention all-state by the Associated Press. As a punter, he averaged 37.4 yards with a long of 74 yards. He punted inside the 20-yard line 19 times. He also played wide receiver and had 50 receptions for 624 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Eagles need to find replacements for Jack Young and Drew Ashcraft. Young led the team with 774 rushing yards to go with 11 touchdowns. Ashcraft threw for 1,100 yards to go with 11 touchdowns, rushed for 601 more and added three more scores.
On defense, Milford returns players such as Josh Bobo, Dominic Dalessandro and Alex Shiplett.
A game to pay close attention to is the Week 10 rematch with Loveland. Milford Athletic Director Mark Trout said the win was huge for the program.
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Aug. 28 – at Hamilton
Sept. 4 – Dixie Heights
Sept. 11 – at Norwood
Sept. 18 – Withrow
Sept. 25 – Anderson
Oct. 2 – at Glen Este
Oct. 9 – Kings
Oct. 16 – Turpin
Oct. 23 – at Walnut Hills
Oct. 30 – at Loveland
All games are Fridays at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.