Loveland, OH - The Tigers opened their home slate this past Friday, as they hosted rival Milford to try and win back the Victory Bell. Milford was one of the hotter teams in the 513 coming into the game, after a nail-biting victory vs. Lebanon. The Tigers were trying to recover from a tough loss to conference foe Anderson and also trying to win back the Miami Township Victory Bell, which hadn’t been in the clutches of Loveland since 2016.
The game opened with a Loveland trick play, as Tyler Roberts (11) found Jewel Vorbroker (10) on a screen, who then found Brayden McCaleb (12) downfield to advance inside the Milford 5-yard line. A couple of plays later, Roberts found McCaleb in the end zone, and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead out of the gate. The Eagles would take no time to respond, however, as they drove it 60 yards in 9 plays, capped off with a Luke Brand quarterback sneak to tie the game up at 7. After a Loveland punt in the middle of the 1st, the Eagles took over with good field position and a chance to take the lead, but Dylan Hacker (11) picked off Brand and returned it down to the Milford 1. On the next play, Colton Endicott (12) punched it in, and the Tigers took the lead back, making it 14-7. Yet again, the Eagles took no time to answer, going 80 yards in just 6 plays, as Brand took it himself to tie the game at 14. A Roberts interception set up a Milford field goal, giving MHS the 17-14 lead.
Entering the second quarter, Milford continued to build on their momentum after the field goal, forcing a Loveland punt, and then going 78 yards in 7 plays, finishing up with a 37-yard bomb from Brand to Reece Davis to make it 24-14. Roberts would throw another interception, this time into the hands of Toto Luani, and the Eagles would drive down the field yet again, as Chance Washington punched in a one-yard touchdown run to make it 31-14 Eagles. After another Tiger punt, it seemed as if the second quarter would be all Eagles, but the Tigers refused to go away, Nathan Webster would fumble and the Tigers would recover. This time, it would be Loveland who would drive down the field with ease, as Vorbroker capped off a 65-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown rush, making it 31-21. The Eagles got the ball back with just 37 seconds left on the clock, but that wouldn’t stop Milford’s potent offense from finding the end zone. On the last play of the half, Brand found JP Naylor from 29 yards out to make it 38-21 at the half. The Tigers would try and fight back from behind, but the Milford offense was too powerful, and the Eagles would take the game, winning 52-34.
Colton Endicott’s return to the field following injury was incredible, as he racked up 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 18 carries. On the defensive side, Max Carver (11) and Sawyer Muchmore (11) lead the team in tackles, and Dylan Hacker added another interception, his third of the season. The Tigers will be back at it this Friday, hosting the Kings Knights at Tiger Stadium in the Backyard Brawl. Be there!