“I think we have a chance against Maryville,” Janeway said about the Hilltoppers’ Class 6A playoff game Friday. “It’s definitely something we’re capable of doing.”
The senior linemen are integral parts of Science Hill’s ground-based offensive attack, and are also each the youngest of three brothers who have played key roles for the Hilltoppers through the years.
Tyler Miles was a Science Hill standout before playing collegiately at Austin Peay. Dylan Miles followed in Tyler’s footsteps and later played at West Virginia Wesleyan. And now baby brother is in the Hilltoppers’ spotlight. Ryan said growing up in a football family was wonderful.
“It was great honestly,” he said. “I don’t know how else I would have liked to be raised. Football is a great way to grow up. It teaches you so many things.”
For the Janeway boys, Greyson played at Centre College while Grant’s college football days were at Carson-Newman. Graham said he and his brothers made each other better.
“We were always competing, no matter what we did,” said Graham. “Seeing football come to an end is bittersweet, but it has been a great experience.”
Both Graham and Ryan got a close look at the Hilltoppers’ program, serving as sideline ball boys.
“They were always on the sidelines,” said Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter. “They’ve been with me for a long time.”
Graham said being around the game gave him something to look forward to while Ryan said, “We got to be around good role models, high school football players who told us the best things to do.”
Both of them listened to the advice, and grew into important members of the program.
“They bring commitment to the team,” said Carter. “You don’t have to worry about them playing hard and practicing hard. They have been really consistent. They are two good players.”
The duo has overcome a situation that often hinders offensive linemen. Graham is a 6-foot, 230-pound center while Miles is a 5-11, 250-pound tackle.
“They’re probably both undersized,” said Carter. “But they get after it and love the game.”
“Being undersized, it’s not a focus,” said Ryan. “When you have people like Coach Carter and Coach (Andrew) Beck, being small doesn’t matter.”
Graham and Ryan have been key components to a ground attack that has produced 2,367 yards in 11 games with runners getting five yards per carry.
THE MARYVILLE CHALLENGE
Playing a program that owns 16 state championships, including last year’s Class 6A title, won’t be easy. And Graham said he and Ryan will be in the eye of the storm.
“They have a fantastic defensive line,” said Graham. “It’s probably one of the best attributes of their team, and very similar to Greeneville.”
Friendship has been part of the equation.
“That’s my dude,” Graham said. “He’s a super, super, tough player. He’s one of the toughest out there, no doubt.”
Ryan said the duo goes all the way back to Jr. Toppers.
“We’ve always been friends,” said Miles. “And our families are really close.”
A GREAT FINISH?
Graham said the rough start to the season is a thing of the past. He said the Hilltoppers, who are 6-5 with four straight wins, are focused on making history.
“We would like to do something we’ve never done before: beat Maryville,” he said.
When it’s over, Ryan said he will miss the game of football.
“High school football is amazing,” he said. “I love high school football.”