Hylton senior defensive lineman Reggie Miles likes to ponder history, particularly from the Civil War through World War II. Why were certain choices made? What were the ramifications? How did an action or inaction alter the course of events?
“It’s just so interesting to see how people back then responded to situations and what went right and what went wrong, and you can kind of analyze what if they’d done this,” said Miles, who last year posted the highest Standards of Learning history score of any student in assistant coach Jason Edwards’s three U.S. history classes. “It’s a big guessing game sometimes, and other times it’s a teaching point.”
Miles, the Bulldogs’ sacks leader with 81/2 heading into their Virginia AAA Division 6 state semifinal against Ocean Lakes on Saturday in Virginia Beach, made one such pivotal decision himself two years ago.
Miles strongly considered giving up football after a “dismal” sophomore season at Osbourn Park. He did not think he could play in college, so he planned to finish his last two years of high school and enlist in the Marines, whose uniform had enthralled him since he was a kid. Miles has family members in almost every branch of the service.