Brock Miller era begins at Orangeburg Prep
By Rip Ripley
Special to HSSR
Orangeburg - Among the many new hires at OPS this year, none is bigger than head football coach Brock Miller.
Standing at 6’ 7”, Miller, the former NC State player, is looking forward to making Orangeburg Prep his new home.
“We’re really excited about the upcoming season. There is a lot of potential with this group, and we are excited to see this team improve as the year goes along,” he said.
Coming off of an 11-2 season and a run to the AAA state semifinals, the Indians find themselves in a foreign territory. For the first time in school history, Orangeburg Prep has been dropped to SCISA class AA for football only.
In addition to Coach Miller and his staff, there are many other new faces on the field at OPS football games this year. In the wake of losing 24 seniors to graduation, the young Indian squad will be looking for some new faces to step up and become leaders for the team.
Starting at quarterback for the Indians will be senior captain Tim Schriver. Joining Tim in the backfield are senior Chris Brown, junior Hart Harley, and freshman Bill Metts.
“We’ve got some new faces in the backfield, but over the course of the season, we are excited about watching this group mature into a strong group,” says Miller.
At receiver, the Indians will have senior captain JJ Union, senior Ravi Patel, and junior Chap Stewart.
Anchoring the line for OPS is four-year starter, senior captain Ben Ridgeway at right tackle. He is joined by senior Hunter Anderson, senior Michael Davis, sophomore Arjay Clarett, and sophomore Scoville Reynolds. Senior Chandler Gray and junior Aaron Causey will also see reps on the line for the Indians.
On the defensive side of the ball, OPS will be led by junior linebacker Chap Stewart, who has shown his great nose for the ball by racking up 13 tackles in the first game of the season. Stewart will be joined by Anderson and senior Devin Morris on the linebacking core.
The defensive line will feature many two-way players with Ridgeway, Reynolds, Clarett, Davis, and Gray playing both sides of the ball. They will be joined by twin sophomores Evan and Trent Bair.
In the OPS secondary, Schriver and Harley will start at corner with Union and sophomore Huntley Wolfe in the secondary. Freshman Parker Kuck and senior Bryan Hare will also play in the secondary this season. Rounding out the roster for OP is juniors Josh Self and Michael Burnham, and sophomores Frank McConnell, Corey Felder, and Patrick Watford.