Reed City sophomore enjoys strong season on line

REED CITY — Reed City had some key contributions from sophomores this season, including offensive lineman Jackson Miller, who was a starter at guard.

The 10-0 season came to an end recently in a 21-14 loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic.

Miller came into the season suspecting he would move up to the varsity and start. Around the preseason scrimmage at Montague, he learned he’d be playing varsity.

“I was excited but really nervous,” he said. “I was up for the challenge.”

Miller was able make a successful transition from junior varsity to varsity.

“You’re facing bigger sized (players) but the mental toughness is a big one too,” he said. “The film we watch every Sunday, you’re seeing guys that are 6-foot-5. It’s a little intimidating.”

Miller said his strengths as a lineman “are probably my technique, and I’m short so I’m pretty good at getting low.”

He focused on how to deal with double teaming.

During the regular season, a 26-7 win over Chippewa Hills for the team’s fifth straight Central State Activities Association Gold Division title was a major highlight, Miller acknowledged.