By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
HONAKER, Va. —
It you go to Honaker High School, it’s always special to break a record established by Tigers’ great Heath Miller.
In Miller’s senior season in 2000 he passed for 1,872 yards and threw 26 touchdown passes. On Saturday afternoon in a thrilling 48-40 win over Sussex Central senior quarterback Ty Hall threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
With that performance, Hall broke Miller’s record for yardage in a season. Hall now has 1,976 passing yards this season. With the four touchdown passes he also tied Miller’s mark for touchdown passes.
“That puts him in pretty good company,” Honaker head coach Doug Hubbard coach. “It’s a great accomplishment for him and all the kids on the team.
“It’s one of those records a lot of people thought might never be broke, but Ty has put up some great numbers. Ty is a great leader and the kids have a lot of respect for him. He’s just a great kid to have on your team.”
Hall had his sights set on the record before the season began.
“This is just amazing,” said Hall. “That is a goal I had set for myself at the beginning of the year. When we were up here lifting last summer to prepare for this season, we all set ourselves goals we wanted to reach his for yardage that was one of mine.”
As he has all season, Hall completed passes to eight different receivers against Sussex Central. He had touchdown passes to Payton Ball, Blake Ray, Cody Lester and Jordan Hess. He also gives all the credit to the offensive line of Joshua Dye, Colby Vanover, Dakota Stevens, Peyton Stevens and Chandler Miller.
“There is no way I could have done this without the wide receivers and all the linemen,” Hall said. “Every game I have plenty of time to throw the ball. The receivers have all made numerous great catches.”
Miller, who was a University of Virginia standout after switching positions to tight end, is now an All-Pro tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.
Hall wants one thing Miller didn’t get at Honaker — a state title. Honaker fell to King William 25-15 in the state championship game in 2000.
“The guys knew I was getting close to the yardage record last week,” commented Hall. “I told them then, I don’t care if I get that record or not, if I get the state title it will be twice as good. It’s more important than anything relating to sports.”
The final chapter in Hall’s high school career as quarterback will be written in the Division 1 state finals against George Wythe at Salem on Saturday.