WALDPORT — The Waldport High School football team relied heavily Friday night on the legs of junior running back/linebacker Johnny Miller in the Irish’s non-league 2A season opener against visiting Rogue River. Unfortunately for the vocal home crowd that packed the stands, Miller’s right leg came just shy of kicking Waldport to victory as the Chieftains escaped with a 24-22 win.

On the night, Miller rushed 43 times for 310 yards and three touchdowns. In the clutch, when the Irish (0-12) took possession down two points with 2:14 to play in regulation at the Waldport 36-yard line, Irish head coach Jeff Skirvin called for seven consecutive Miller runs.

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