Strong second half helps Milford past Anderson

Strong second half helps Milford past Anderson

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Strong second half helps Milford past Anderson

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Milford senior quarterback Tyler Smith (11) fakes the hand-off to senior running back Tyler Brandon against Anderson.

Milford senior quarterback Tyler Smith (11) fakes the hand-off to senior running back Tyler Brandon against Anderson.

On the last Friday in September, Anderson and Milford waged an Eastern Cincinnati Conference battle at Eagle Stadium with the home team prevailing 28-14.

The Eagles used a dominant run game in the second half to keep the Redskins off the scoreboard in the game’s final 24 minutes.

Anderson drew first blood when senior Patrick Johnson found daylight from 31 yards away to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead two minutes into the contest.

The Eagles’ offense sputtered early, but then drove the ball late in the first quarter to tie it all up on a nine-yard sweep by Brendan Dugan. Milford then seized momentum early in the second quarter when Dakota Lefker rifled an option pass to Dugan to get the Eagles to the Anderson seven.

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A couple plays later senior quarterback Tyler Smith trotted in from seven yards away and Milford had a 14-7 lead.

Midway thru the second, Milford was driving again when Anderson senior Trevor Porta picked off a long pass at the two-yard line to prevent another Eagles score.

Before the half, Anderson senior quarterback Dylan Smith found Porta over the middle and he raced in to tie the game with just a couple ticks on the clock.

The Eagles showed their physicality to start the second half as they marched down field in a 4:19 drive featuring junior Dawson Slone. Slone bowled in from three yards out to give Milford a touchdown advantage.

The ground and pound continued between Slone and senior Tyler Brandon in the fourth quarter, with Tyler Smith scoring with 3:54 left to make for the final score of 28-14.

Anderson did get within field goal range in the third quarter, but the kick was blocked by Noah Robinson.

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Milford goes to 3-2 with the win and 1-1 in the ECC. The Eagles go to Glen Este Oct. 2. Anderson drops to 1-4 and 1-1 in the league with a home date against Loveland next.

Play of the game: Junior Dawson Slone’s three-yard plunge put Milford up for good in the third quarter, 21-14. Prior to that, Slone was hitting the holes hard behind a very effective Eagles offensive line.

Player of the game: Slone changed the game with bashing, quick runs the Redskins couldn’t stop. Several times, it was the same play.

Views from the sideline: Football is a game of adjustments and Milford seized the momentum early in the third quarter, after Anderson had tied the game just before halftime. The result was the Eagles first ECC win.

“At halftime, we felt we were outplaying them,” coach Shane Elkin said. “We came out and played a great second half. Our defense pitched a great second half shutout and our offense just ground them out. I’m telling you right now, it feels good.”

Elkin was pleased with the running game of Slone and Tyler Brandon, with a few sneaks from quarterback Smith and sweeps from Dugan.

“I told them for us to win this game, we’ve got to own the line of scrimmage,” he said. “I tell you, our linemen made it easy.”

Anderson 7 7 0 0 – 14
Milford 7 7 7 7 – 28

A- Johnson 31 yard run (Mathews kick)

M- Dugan 9 yard run (Coleman kick)

M- Smith 7 yard run (Coleman kick)

A- Smith 20 yard pass to Porta (Mathews kick)

M- Slone 3 yard run (Coleman kick)

M- Smith 2 yard run (Coleman kick)

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