Miller Looking to Cease Decade-Plus Year Drought vs. Waterford

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The Miller Falcons return this season with a chip on their shoulders and determination under their skin.

Head Coach Sean Bartley and company is focused on turning a new leaf, and that all begins this Friday.

The Falcons travel to Waterford Friday night in hopes of beating the Wildcats for the first time in over a decade. Miller came within one point on toppling the Wildcats on two separate occasions during that stretch (2006 and 2011).

Even with its struggles, the overall Miller team attitude has improved and leaders have arisen. Those leaders have voiced their optimism going into a new season.

Miller can have some sense of optimism with the return of running back Kody McKinniss. The senior accumulated over 900 yards last season, making him priority No. 1 for Waterford.

On the other sideline, Waterford has a dynamic playmaker of its own. Third-year quarterback Isaac Huffman has proven himself as a dual-threat player.

“Isaac started every game and every snap from freshman year until now,” head coach Tom Tucker said. “I named him captain this year because of that. He’s a great leader and we are going to do a lot with him,”

Huffman and McKinniss aside, questions remain on both sides of the ball for two teams who combined for three wins last season. However, many answers may arrive Friday night.

Before those questions are answered, Tucker offered up a simple explanation when describing the importance of the first game.

“Everybody wants to win their first game.  I always say, you can’t win em all if you can’t win the first one.”