PETAL, MS (WDAM) - His last name, Milledge, sounds a little bit like mileage, doesn't it? Fitting, considering the Petal High School running back has burned plenty of mileage, not only on the football field, but in life.
A son in a military family, James Milledge's journey took him from his home state of Texas, across the Atlantic to Germany, and finally her to the Magnolia State. His best running night of the season before Friday produced 74 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Against D'Iberville, the junior tailback totaled 91 yards and three scores on 14 carries. "He's got great vision, has real good feet for a big guy, and he runs hard," said Petal Head Coach Marcus Boyles, who let Milledge switch from defensive end to tailback early in the season.
"After one game, he said, 'hey coach, can I get a chance at running back on Monday?' I said yeah. So, it didn't take many carries to figure out that that's kind of his natural position."
The Petal fans at Friday's game agree.
"Coach told me that they're going to have huge line. Their defense is huge. We're going to need you a lot this week," said Milledge, "So, I went in the game, and I played hard."