EATON — Eaton and Milton-Union are both 10-1 and conference champions. The Eagles and Bulldogs meet in the second round of the playoffs.
“Everybody’s good at this point,” Brad Davis, Eaton Head Coach said. “Records don’t really mean anything at this point. If you’re a playoff team and you’re still hanging around you can play some good football.”
“It’s exciting to still be playing football right now in week 12,” Bret Pearce, Milton-Union Head Coach said. “Our kids are fired up. This is one of our goals, to keep going here in the playoffs and so we’re excited to play football.”
“You know it’s fun, I mean it’s challenging for sure,” Breyden Boston, Eaton senior, said. “We got to push harder, playing better opponents. But it’s nice, it’s going to be good football.”
Milton-Union lost week 3 but since the Bulldogs have won nine in a row. Eaton on the other hand started 9-0 but lost to Monroe in week 10.
“Sounds crazy hearing it,” Boston said. “But I think the Monroe game is helping us. Our whole thing is adversity and overcoming adversity and I really think the team has come together, overcame that and it’s made us better and ready for the playoff.
Both teams have been playing really good defense so far this season. Milton-Union has shutout five teams and has only allowed three teams to score double digits. The Bulldogs defense is allowing 7.8 points per game. Eaton has limited teams to 7 points or less in six games this season. The Eagles defense is allowing 10.8 points per contest.
Eaton’s offense has averaged 30.6 points per game through 11 weeks. Milton-Union is putting up more than 39.6 points per contest.
The Eagles finished the season ranked 6th in Division IV. Eaton is the 2-seed in Region 16 and Milton-Union is the 7-seed.
“They might be the best upfront wise that we’ve played all year,” Ethan Lane, Milton-Union junior offensive and defensive lineman, said. “Their front 7 and their line. We think they’re really fast and strong and they can dominate the line of scrimmage if they want to.”
“They’re a tremendous running team, they’re big up front, their skill guys are extremely athletic, lot of weapons on the offensive side,” Davis said. “Defensively they’re very sound in the box and again they have some really athletic defensive backs that will go get the football when it’s in the air.”
Milton-Union and Eaton play in the Arby’s Game of the Week on Touchdown 7. You can see the highlights Friday night at 11:13.
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