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Miller ready for big senior season

Jessie Miller and Oak Grove appeared in the 2019 CCS title game. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Jessie Miller and Oak Grove appeared in the 2019 CCS title game. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Even though he has to wait another few months until his senior season officially begins, Oak Grove senior quarterback Jessie Miller is preparing for one last hurrah at the high school level. 

Throughout the offseason, Miller has dedicated himself in every facet – attending Grindmode Elite Sports workouts, all while getting bigger and stronger before the spring schedule in 2021 does roll around in January.

“Even though COVID is going on, we have to stay safe and keep pushing ourselves,” Miller said.

Miller, who missed multiple games last season, returned in a hurry and helped launch Oak Grove into a dominant run in the second half of the 2019 campaign.

Oak Grove won nine straight games before falling to Los Gatos in the Central Coast Section Division II championship game, and Miller returned for the second of those victories to go 8-1 as a starting quarterback during his junior year.

With Miller at the helm, the Eagles never missed a beat, scoring 30-plus points five times and 40-plus points twice as he surpassed 1,000 passing yards and 200 rushing yards.

He’s just a competitive player who loves to do whatever he can to win, which is what he did a lot to help Oak Grove overcome two losses in its first three games to make the trek all the way to CCS finals. 

“All the competitiveness in the sport, I just love it,” Miller said. “I can’t stand without it.”

Miller has not heard from any colleges quite yet, but he is dedicated to doing all it requires to take that next step and be successful.

“More committed to the sport, working out by myself, even if it’s with all this COVID stuff,” Miller said of his offseason. “Just have to keep pushing myself.”

And he has his eyes on the coveted prize.

After a perfect 7-0 record in the Bay Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division and a runner-up finish in CCS, Miller is working towards adding a title to his resume – this time in the form of becoming the No. 1 squad in the CCS to end what has been a high school career filled with lots of winning thus far.

Perhaps Oak Grove’s eighth section title in its program history is in the distance with Miller as its signal-caller. 

“Got to play Los Gatos again, hopefully get that W,” Miller said.

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