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TC's Miller contributing on both sides of ball

Triton Central's Jaxon Miller (54) has been a key to the team's success on both sides of the ball this season.

By KATRINA BRANSON - kbranson@shelbynews.com

FAIRLAND – The Class 2A No. 3 Triton Central Tigers have plenty of keys to success to their season, one of which being their defense. TC has had plenty of help from its nationally ranked long snapper, Jaxon Miller, as well.

Miller competed over the weekend in the Kornblue Fab 50 camp in Chicago. The sophomore won his event and continues to improve his technique and use it to the Tigers' advantage.

Miller doesn't just long snap for Triton Central, however, as he is a versatile player on both offense and defense.

“I like to play offense and defense,” said Miller. “I like to help my team in anyway that I can.”

Miller thinks the Tigers are having quite the season defensively.

“Our defense is just playing really well,” he said. “They've just been so good. Mitch Kleeman is playing really, really well for us. Last year we didn't really have that much depth kicking wise, but this year we do.”

Miller also gives credit to the team's offense, which has proven it can score in bunches.

“Richard Knowles is just so fast and our offensive line is just clicking and giving him holes to get through,” he said.

As far as preparing for Indian Creek, Miller explains that the team is staying humble depsite its 4-0 record.

“We're just staying completely humbled,” he said. “We're being as prepared as we can. Most importantly, we're just trying to stay healthy.”

What to Expect in Week 5

The Tigers return home Friday to host Indian Creek (2-2) with hopes of continuing their undefeated season.

The stingy Triton Central defense will be on the lookout for Indian Creek's senior quarterback Isaiah Lacey and senior running back Avery Welch.

“Defensively we have our work cut out for us,” said TC head coach Tim Able. “We must keep Welch and Lacey in check in the run game so we know when the pass is coming. They have an explosive run game that we had trouble controlling last year. When they get the run game rolling, it sets up their pass game. Obviously, it is easier to defend the pass when we get them in second- and third-and-long situations.”

The Braves are known for running a double tight formation – something the Tigers have not faced this year and will need to adjust to.

As for the Tigers' offense, Indian Creek also must stop TC from obtaining balance.

“Offensively we are at our best when our runs look like passes and our passes look like runs,” said Able. “Balance to us means we run when we want to and pass when we want to. We have an equal confidence to run on pass downs and to pass on run downs. Making our opponents respect both at the same time making us multidimensional.”

Lastly, the Tigers' special teams unit will again need to be sharp Friday.

“Special teams are the unforgotten plays until you make a mistake – as they are only one play at a time but can create huge momentum for us and against us,” said Able. “We're heavily relying on Mitch Kleeman's leg, but also the unforgotten snappers – Jonathan Riggins, Jaxon Miller and PAT holder Kiefer Earl. We must continue our excellence in the kicking game.”

Triton Central will be missing Beau Borinstein this week due to injury. The Tigers will have players competing for the defensive back's starting spot. This season, Borinstein has 95 receiving yards and an interception on defense. The senior has also had two 85-yard kickoff returns.

Katrina Branson is a Sports writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow Katrina on Twitter @k_b527.

Indian Creek (2-2) at Triton Central (4-0)

GAME TIME: 7 p.m., Mendenhall Stadium.

COACHES: Brett Cooper, 9-6 in 2nd year at Indian Creek. Tim Able, 46-19 in 6th year at Triton Central, 171-117 in 26th year overall.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Triton Central, 86.17, 16th overall, 1st in 2A. Indian Creek, 54.31, 130th overall, 20th in 3A.

LAST OUTING: Indian Creek defeated Brown County, 55-0. Triton Central defeated Monrovia, 49-7.

OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indian Creek 4-12. Triton Central 8-8.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Triton Central, 15-12.

LAST MEETING: Triton Central, 41-20, Sep. 15, 2017.

PREDICTION (John Harrell): Triton Central, 42-17.