Waynesville’s Millar looking to attract suitors, lead Spartans back to playoffs


Waynesville’s Seth Millar already owns several school records, including rushing TDs (49). (Photo by Eric Frantz)

To date, Tim Williams who starred as a kicker at Ohio State is the lone Waynesville High School grad to play NCAA Division I college football. Junior running back/defensive back Seth Millar hopes to change that.

To date, Tim Williams who starred as a kicker at Ohio State is the lone Waynesville High School grad to play NCAA Division I college football. Junior running back/defensive back Seth Millar hopes to change that.

Williams, who kicked for the Buckeyes from 1990-93 and was first team Big Ten his senior season, was noted for a booming leg. He kicked a then-state record 57-yard field goal against Jamestown Greeneview in 1988 breaking the record of 55 set in 1971.

Millar’s strengths are speed, intelligence, heart and more speed. Did I mention he’s fast?

At the Ohio State football camp last summer, Millar (5-8, 170) was timed at 4.4 in the 40. His coaches have since timed him three times at 4.39 or less.

As a sophomore he qualified for the regional track meet in the 100, 200, 400 relay and 800 relay.

Perhaps the only thing faster than Millar’s legs has been his ascent in the Waynesville record book.

A starter in the slot and as a returner as a freshman, Millar has spent the last two years as a starting tailback, returner and defensive back.

He’s made the most of his opportunities.

Millar is already the Waynesville career record holder for rushing TDs (49) and this past season set school records for single season rushing yards (1,856), TDs (24) and points (156). He also owns school records for single game rushing yards (331) and TDs (6) and has the longest TD run in history (95 yards).

Waynesville has made the last two Division V postseasons and last year won its first playoff game (beat West Liberty-Salem 34-9 TEASE STORY). The Spartans lost to two-time defending champ Maria Stein Marion Local in the regional semifinals.

Following a 70-yard Millar TD run, the Spartans trailed the Flyers 19-14 with 4:07 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the game got away quickly (Marion won 40-14).

Individually Millar was named first team Southwestern Buckeye League and was the Buckeye Division Back of the Year. He was also first team Southwest District and the district’s offensive player of the year. Millar was honorable mention on the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team (regardless of division) and first team D-V All-Ohio according to the Associated Press.

“Coach (Glen Burchfield) had been telling us since the beginning of the season that we could play with anyone and it turns out we could,” Millar said. “I don’t want to make excuses, but (Marion’s) experience really helped them out late. The more experience we get in the playoffs the better we’ll be too.

“We’re definitely headed in the right direction, but we can’t be satisfied with winning one playoff game. We need to win two or three games.”

The Spartans are expecting big things in 2009. Last year in addition to its postseason success, Waynesville captured the SWBL Buckeye title. Despite some graduation losses and hits to its depth, defending the title and advancing in the playoffs are goals for the Spartans. In addition to Millar, Waynesville returns quarterback Corey Young, a junior who’ll be a three-year starter.

“We lost a lot of key guys and vocal leaders,” Millar said. “But we can’t dwell on that. They’re gone. We have several freshman and sophomores and guys who are going to be seniors that are going to have to step up.”

No college has stepped up and offered Millar a scholarship yet but he said he’s received interest from Syracuse and several MAC schools. A one-time season ticket holder to Miami (Oh) during the Ben Roethlisberger-era, Millar called the RedHawks his “dream school.”

“If I had to pick one it would be Miami because we used to go to all their games when I was in middle school,” Millar said. “But I’d love to go anywhere in the MAC. I just want to go anywhere where I can keep playing football. I love the game.”

Academically Millar carries a 3.7 gpa and recently took the ACT. He plans to run track this spring and then camp at Ohio State again this summer. He may also return to Columbus for an additional OSU speed camp.

Said Waynesville assistant coach Brandon Philpot: “He’s legitimate.”

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