Waynesville made history last season by winning its first playoff game. To do the same this year they’ll have to tackle some bigger schools. The Spartans bump up to D-IV after a successful run in D-V. Speaking of running, senior RB Seth Millar is one reason Spartan fans should be very optimistic. Senior QB Cory Young is another.
*Players to Watch – QB/DB Cory Young (6-0, 165, Sr.); RB/DB Seth Millar (5-8, 168, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Spartans were outclassed by playoff teams Clarksville Clinton-Massie and Dayton Oakwood but mopped up on everyone else on the regular-season schedule to earn the third seed in Region 20. Once in the postseason, Waynesville picked up the first playoff win on program history with a 34-9 victory over West Liberty-Salem. The Spartans lost Maria Stein Marion Local in the regional semifinals With some key performers back, the Spartans could make the same kind of noise in D-IV.
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).
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.
Millar also had a productive summer where he won several scouting combines and was invited to the Ultimate 100 Rivals.com Top Prospect Camp at the University of Oklahoma. There Millar ran a 4.4 40, had a vertical jump of 34 inches, had a broad jump of 9-6 and benched 185 pounds 15 times. He also had 11 catches and four TDs in three 7- on-7 games against some of the nation’s best prospects.
“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. In addition to Millar, Waynesville returns Young, who’ll be a three-year starter.
8/28 @ EAST CLINTON (LEES CREEK)
9/4 CLINTON-MASSIE (CLARKSVILLE)
9/12 @ DAYTON CHRISTIAN (MIAMISBURG)
9/18 @ CARLISLE
9/25 @ PREBLE SHAWNEE (CAMDEN)
10/2 DIXIE (NEW LEBANON)
10/9 OAKWOOD (DAYTON)
10/16 @ NORTHRIDGE (DAYTON)
10/30 MADISON SENIOR (MIDDLETOWN)