Halftime is when elite teams make adjustments so that things run smoothly in the second half. It’s no different for us at ESPNHS. Nearing the midpoint of the football season, we’re calling an audible on the All-State Stock Watch. We’re breaking things down to two categories: Doin’ Work and Falling Back. Doin’ Work will highlight an All-State player and a team featuring an All-State player that is performing at an elite level, while Falling Back will examine a team we identified as a contender at one time in our local rankings but hasn’t lived up to expectations.
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Put me in, coach. I’m ready to play.
Dillon Miller, Sheldon, QB
This season must feel like playing Madden on rookie for Miller. The senior signal-caller has shredded opposing secondaries for more than 1,300 yards with 16 TDs, and he has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for the state's No. 1 squad. Miller was particularly sharp Friday night in going 16-of-21 for 328 yards and three scores. He connected with six different receivers in the 57-7 rout of North Medford.
In retrospect, we should’ve had Kamerun Smith join receivers Taylor Walcott and Austin Baird on our All-State team. Due to the team's success through the air, Marist games are usually over before fans can settle into their seats. The trio has engineered a quick-strike attack that has led to a staggering 55 points a game. Smith had it rolling on Friday night completing nearly 80 percent of his passes and firing seven TD strikes. Walcott caught 10 balls for a 150 yards and two scores, while Baird snagged nine passes for 210 yards and three TDs.
Eagle Point features one of the state’s premier pass rushers in DL Tyrone Holmes. But the defense hasn’t been able to withstand a brutal schedule that includes offensive juggernauts Willamette, Mountain View and Marist. Those three schools represent the only blemishes on the team’s record and has kept the Eagles from joining Oregon’s elite. With the toughest part of the schedule in the rear view mirror, Holmes and Co. have a shot to do some damage down the stretch.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.