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Miller has career night against Suwannee

Scott Miller had a few choice words to describe his performance Friday night.

"This is the best game of my high school career," he said.

Not a bad assessment for a guy who had the kind of night that Miller had.

For the record, Miller did have the game of his career against Live Oak Suwannee.

Consider this: In picking off two passes and reeling in two more from Clayton Trenary for a total of 104 yards and two touchdowns, Miller did more in one hour than he has done in the previous 10 games.

Miller now leads the county in interceptions (7) and moved from seventh to fifth place in receiving.

"We really stepped it up," Miller said. "Those (touchdown passes) were the prettiest balls I've ever seen. I'm just glad I have a quarterback as good as Clayton."

Miller wasn't the only one taking advantage of the situation. In its 35-23 win over the four-time state champion, Crystal River had plenty of career nights.

Trenary completed just four passes, but tallied two touchdowns and a total of 129 yards. He also rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts and picked off his third pass of the season.

Trenary's first strike to Miller gave the Pirates the kind of momentum they desperately needed and put Crystal River up 7-0 with 3:19 left in the first quarter.

The second was pure gold. Leading by 18 early in the second half after a 66-yard run from Ryan McNally (146 yards, touchdown), Crystal River was on the ropes and falling fast when Suwannee pulled within four with two scores in a 2-minute span.

But Trenary alleviated the pressure, allowing his team to breathe a collective sigh of relief, with a perfectly thrown pass that Miller reeled in and took 73 yards for a 28-17 lead.

When the Bulldogs answered that with another score, pulling within five, Trenary was the one who delivered the Pirates' reply, sprinting off the left side for 50 yards and a 35-23 lead that would hold until the final whistle.

"I was happy with the way we threw and the way we ran tonight," Pirates coach Jere DeFoor said.

Happy might be an understatement. Against a team that is perennially among the state's best, Crystal River put up its second-best offensive performance of the season, amassing 433 yards _ 386 on the ground. Helping the effort greatly was 85 tough yards from Chianta Smith.

But the offense wasn't the only place to find the star performers Friday. Will Bleakley made just as much of an impact with his game-high 2{ sacks, bringing his county-leading total to 8{.

And then there was Josh Hall, who single-handedly killed Suwannee's first two drives with an interception and fumble recovery, respectively.

"Our kids played really hard," DeFoor said. "And we had a lot of kids turn in big plays."

ROAD TRIP: Crystal River will be on the road for the first time in six seasons next Friday. The Pirates (10-1) will travel to Milton (9-2), a 66-14 winner over Dunnellon, for next week's Class 3A, Region 1 semifinal.

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