Class 3A All-Calhoun County: Good things happen for Miller in season of a lifetime
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Saks head coach Jonathan Miller before the state semifinals. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Saks head coach Jonathan Miller before the state semifinals. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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SAKS – Saks football coach Jonathan Miller says good things happen when you work hard.

That was more or less the motto for Saks this past season, as the Wildcats had a season of a lifetime for its players.

Saks completed its first 10-0 regular season in school history and also made the Class 3A state semifinals for the first time since 1996. As a result, Miller is The Anniston Star's Calhoun County Class 3A coach of the year.

“The first thing is I’m proud of our players and coaches,” Miller said. “Our players did everything we asked of them. That’s where everything started.”

Saks came off an 8-3 season in 2012, and it wasn’t much of a secret the Wildcats were going to have a successful season. Miller said during spring training he could see the pieces coming together, but the coaching staff didn’t want to put an expected win total or anything expectations on the season.

“I guess we were trying to survive until the Piedmont game (Week 8) and be undefeated,” Miller said. “We were able to do that, and I think after the Piedmont game we started hoping we could make a run for the playoffs.

“We thought we could go a few rounds and make some noise if everything fell our way.”

In the journey to the semifinals, one of the biggest things that stood out was the crowd support, especially when Saks traveled to Lauderdale County and Colbert County in the second round and quarterfinals, respectively. Although both games were multiple hours away, Saks faithful packed the bleachers to cheer the Wildcats on to wins.

“I’m really proud of the way our community supported us this year,” Miller said. “We had a lot of big crowds at home and we traveled well in the playoffs. It was exciting to see a lot of support and enthusiasm from our crowds all year. That was a neat experience from everyone involved.”

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.
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