Browning's numbers aided by Miller-Wing's decision to leave team

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Jake Browning’s incredible opening game as a varsity quarterback would have never happened had former teammate, senior Taylor Miller-Wing, not decided to quit the team two days before the game. Browning had been in a battle with Miller-Wing since the spring for the starting quarterback position. On Monday, Aug. 20, four days before the opening game against Woodcreek, Browning learned that he was the starting quarterback, but that Miller-Wing would also see playing time in the game against the Timberwolves. Miller-Wing, however, decided that he no longer wanted to play and turned in his gear on Wednesday, which meant that Browning would quarterback the entire game on Friday. “(Being named the starter) was a better feeling to me than the numbers I put up Friday,” Browning said. “I’ve been working since the spring to be the starter so it was a big deal for me to get it.” Folsom coach Troy Taylor was disappointed to lose Miller-Wing, but respected his decision. “Taylor’s a great kid and a great player,” Taylor said. “I’m disappointed that he chose to stop playing, but he felt strongly about it and I accepted his decision. Obviously, we would have liked him to stay on the team.” With Miller-Wing gone, the backup quarterback is another sophomore, Josiah Deguara. “Josiah played quarterback last year with the freshman and he knows the system,” Taylor said. “He started to get some reps on Wednesday. He’s a sharp kid and he’s accurate so he’ll be fine.” Miller-Wing politely declined to comment on this story.