Wayne, Miller handle Week 1 test against Lakota West

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Wayne sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller alreadyhas an offer from UC. He camped at Ohio State.

Tuesday night – the night before the first day of school – Huber Heights Wayne High sophomore Braxton Miller got a “5” shaved on the left side of his head and something he called “just a regular design” on the right.

Thursday night, Miller showed there’s nothing regular about his football abilities.


Tuesday night – the night before the first day of school – Huber Heights Wayne High sophomore Braxton Miller got a “5” shaved on the right side of his head and something he called “just a regular design” on the left.

Thursday night, Miller showed there’s nothing regular about his football abilities.

Wayne’s 6-foot-2, 185 pound sophomore quarterback, Miller engineered his ninth win in 10 career starts as Wayne used a last second field goal to upend Lakota West 20-17 in the 11th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Dayton’s revamped Welcome Stadium.

Centerville disposed of Lakota East 42-14 in the first game.

Miller, who entered last year’s opener against Colerain and never left the lineup, completed 11-of-20 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown and also added a TD run. He had another TD run nullified by penalty.

Miller didn’t do it all on his own by any means.

Despite leading the Warriors on a five-play, 61-yard scoring drive on the game’s opening possession – which he capped with a 13-yard pass to Rodney Camper – Miller and the Wayne offense went stagnant in the second quarter. Lakota West scored 10 unanswered points to lead by three at halftime.

“We always focus on the first series,” Miller said. “After that we fell apart a little bit and had to refocus at halftime. The turnovers got us going.”

Early in the third quarter Wayne defensive back Terrence Talbott intercepted West quarterback John Peters and returned it to the Firebirds’ 32-yardline. That set up Miller’s 6-yard TD run and a 14-10 Wayne lead with 9:37 left in the third quarter. Talbott added a second interception late in the period.

“(Talbott) works real hard at the weight room and in practice,” Miller said. “He stays after practice and works by himself on the Jugs machine. He’s going to be a good player.”

The outcome looked favorable for West until Wayne responded to an Alex Smith 2-yard TD run with back-to-back field goals.

Garrett Klink nailed a 32-yarder with 2:22 left and tacked on the game-winner from 30 yards with four seconds to go.

Senior Erique Geiger led Wayne with 56 yards on 14 carries, while West’s Stephen Houston led all rushers with 112 yards on 20 totes.

Despite the victory, Wayne did show some first game rust. The Warriors converted only 1-of-8 third downs and lost a fumble (by Miller). The Warriors were however 4-for-4 on red zone opportunities.

“You always want to get the first game,” Miller said. “We’ve got to come back though and work a little harder at practice. It doesn’t get any easier.”

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