Midlands high school football players, coaches honored

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Some of the best and brightest in Midlands high school football were honored for their work on the field and in the classroom Tuesday night in Columbia.

The 20th annual National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame banquet was held at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Former Spring Valley standout, and Alabama commit, Christian Miller was named the 2013-2014 most outstanding scholar-athlete in Richland and Lexington Counties.

The Under Armour and Parade All-American set a season and career sack record at Spring Valley, but it was his work off the field that earned him this latest recognition.

"Everybody always wants to focus on what you do on the field. But, it's really nice to be awarded for what you do outside of football in the classroom," said Miller. "That's the most important thing. But, it feels really good knowing that I was selected out of all these guys with all these achievements."

Retiring Irmo football coach and athletics director Bob Hanna was also honored for his contributions to the game. Hanna is retiring June 30 after three state title game appearances and 20 years at Irmo.

The 65-year-old devoted more than 40 years to coaching.

"When spring practice started I got a little itchy. But, it's time," said Hanna. "Forty-three years is a long time to do this and I'm sure I'll miss it. But, if I do I'll find a place where I can coach a little bit somewhere."

Hanna plans to move to North Myrtle Beach after his retirement next month.

Former Sumter coach Reggie Kennedy is slated to take over as football coach and athletics director.