ROCKINGHAM — Early Sunday afternoon, Richmond senior running back Dante Miller was selected to participate in the 2017 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football game.
This is the second consecutive year a Raider will be playing in the Shrine Bowl, which is a high school all-star game between some of the top seniors from North Carolina and South Carolina. Last year’s team from North Carolina featured former Raider defensive lineman Carl Isaac.
“I feel like the work I’ve put in has paid off,” Miller said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get put in (the game) or not, but I honestly feel like I deserve it because I have been working my tail off.”
So far this season, in seven games, Miller has racked up 750 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 105 carries. He also leads the team with 944 all-purpose yards, which includes the 89-yard kickoff return for a score this past Friday at Jack Britt.
The senior has scholarship offers from Gardner-Webb University, James Madison University, the U.S. Naval Academy and Wofford College.
“It’s just a tremendous honor. This place (Richmond) has a great history of guys going to the Shrine Bowl, so he’s just continuing the history,” head fooball coach Bryan Till said. “We’re proud of him, proud of the honor and want to see him represent us well when he goes.”
A couple of players from Richmond’s conference rival will join Miller on the North Carolina team, as Scotland’s Javon Ratliffe and Tyler Smith were also named to the Shrine Bowl roster.
The North Carolina team will be coached by Murphy’s David Gentry and the South Carolina team will be coached by Dorman’s David Gutshall. N.C. has won the previous two games, but S.C. leads the series with 44 wins in the 80 games played.
“I’m just looking to make some plays and score some touchdowns,” Miller added with a laugh.
The Shrine Bowl will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, at Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
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