ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In our final Hardee’s Friday Night Blitz Preview, we take a look at North Cross. The Raiders are the defending state champs in VISAA Division II. North Cross enters the year with high hopes to repeat. A new member of the coaching staff, with a special connection to the team’s quarterback, might be the key to raising a title again.
Winning a state championship can be both rewarding and motivating at the same time.
“Just won a state championship so a pretty big target is on our back and I like that feeling…I love being out on the field with my teammates and coaches and just enjoying the time with them,” said North Cross junior quarterback Brock Miles.
Brock Miles hopes to lead North Cross back to the top of Division II in the VISAA. The junior quarterback will have his dad by his side every step of the way.
“My dad is our new offensive coordinator on the football team now so he’ll be coaching me and he started everything. He’s always been my coach and always been there for me, taught me everything I know really,” said Brock.
Brock’s dad happens to be Shaine Miles. He is a former Hokie hired by a former Virginia Cavalier in Shannon Taylor. Taylor, who takes over the Raiders program this season after 13 years as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator.
“I don’t think we’re going to lose a beat. If anything, we’re going to get better on the offensive side of the ball. Shaine played at Salem High School. Shaine played at Virginia Tech as a tight end. Shaine coached at Marshall University. So he’s going to add an element to our offense. Run game, passing schemes even play calling,” said Taylor.
While Shaine Miles is a new addition to the coaching staff, he’s been a bedrock in the development of his son’s talent on the field.
“After every game, we would watch film together, we would talk about football and just do our own workouts together so I feel like the only difference would be that he’s on the field with me and just calling the plays but other than that, it won’t be that different because we’ve always been close together when it comes to football,” said Brock.
Their relationship strengthened as they teamed up to deliver a repeat title at North Cross.
“We got to take it one game at a time and just stack together wins but you know, going out onto the field as defending state champs definitely means something,” said Brock.
Taking the field as a father-son duo will mean even more on Friday nights.