Wayne senior QB and Ohio State recruit Braxton Miller completed 18-of-24 passes for a season-high 225 yards with two
touchdowns and an interception as the Warriors rolled past host Centerville 34-10 Thursday before a national audience on ESPNU.
At 4-3, Wayne and Braxton Miller needed a win at Centerville. They
It has been a rough season for Huber Heights Wayne and standout
senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who pledged to Ohio State back in
Miller suffered a high ankle sprain in Wayne’s season-opening loss to
Cincinnati Moeller, a game where the Warriors blew a two-touchdown
lead. He then missed a Week 2 loss to Canton McKinley in a game staged
basically for him at Ohio Stadium.
Miller returned, but a third loss to GWOC rival Springfield put
Wayne’s Division I playoff hopes on the critical list. The Warriors were
a distant 13th in the Region 4 playoff standings heading into Thursday
night’s showdown at Centerville.
But on Thursday night, Miller flashed the form that led several
recruiting services to rank him among the nation’s top three
quarterbacks as he led Wayne to a critical victory that kept the
Warriors dreams of a playoff bid alive.
Miller completed 18 of 24 passes for a season-high 225 yards with two
touchdowns and an interception in his team’s 34-10 rout of host
Centerville. The game was televised nationally by ESPNU, marking Wayne’s
first win in three national TV games this season.
The Elks, led by OSU verbal DT Michael Bennett, were 6-0 just two
weeks ago but after back-to-back losses to Clayton Northmont and Wayne
they may need a strong finish to qualify for the playoffs, themselves.
Wayne’s defense came to play in support of Miller as the Warriors
held Centerville’s option offense to just 159 yards total offense.
Wayne capitalized on a fumbled Centerville punt to go up 7-0 early on
a 7-yard touchdown run by Anthone Taylor.
Miller then hit Marshall Peterson for a 32-yard touchdown pass to
make it 13-0 late in the first quarter.
After Centerville’s Chris Kuzma hit a 19-yard field goal, Wayne
junior Jordan Morgan returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a
touchdown. Moments later, Wayne’s Teven Williams returned a fumble 32
yards for a touchdown and what became a 27-3 halftime lead for the
Wayne then drove for the clinching score late in the third quarter
with Miller hitting favorite target Armani Miller for the 9-yard
touchdown and a 34-3 lead. Those two had hooked up on a 30-yard toss to
set up the touchdown.
Centerville quarterback Jon Overstreet capped the scoring with a
15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Bennett worked primarily as an offensive tackle for the Elks,
although he is ticketed to play on the defensive line at Ohio State.
Bennett tallied five tackles in limited work on defense. Afterwards, he
and Miller shared a hug.
We caught up with Miller after the game. He revealed he is still only
“85 percent” in his recovery from the ankle sprain. Unlike past weeks
where he has hardly run the ball, Miller had seven carries for 36 yards
in this game.
He also mentioned how he plans to graduate from Wayne in December and
enroll at OSU in January, allowing him to go through spring football
with the Buckeyes.
This marked the second year in a row Miller has had a big game to
help his team defeat Centerville. Longtime Elks coach Ron Ullery joked
afterwards, “The Big Ten can have him.”
For the year, Miller has now completed 68 of 138 passes (49.3
percent) for 939 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He
also has 362 yards rushing on 56 carries (6.5 average) and six