Miege is no mirage

Suzette Klepac/Special to PrepsKC

By Brian Spano PrepsKC senior writer
Posted: October 15, 2011 - 1:18 AM

Last year, when Mill Valley went to Bishop Miege to begin district play, the Stags blew out the Jaguars 67-21. This year, Miege, traveled to Mill Valley, again to kick off the Class 5A, District 2 playoffs, and again, the Stags, 6-1 and 1-0 in the district, poured it on the Jaguars 41-7 Friday night.
As Miege head coach Tim Grunhard said, following the win, it was the first of three keys to opening the playoff vault for his team.
“This was huge for us, and they’re a good team,” he said. “I told the kids that every time you win a district game, you get a key, and you have to have three keys in our case to open that playoff vault, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We just got one key, now we have two more to get.”
The two players that have helped acquire that first key, and have been a huge part of Bishop Miege’s success all season long are quarterback Montel Cozart and wide receiver Tre Parmalee. Against Mill Valley, they hooked up 15 times and connected on two scores.
Cozart finished the night 21 of 27 for 283 yards and Parmalee had 15 catches for 195 yards.
“You’d be surprised at how many times they just look at each other and just throw it,” Grunhard said. “Montel does a great job of delivering the ball. They’re both special.”
Because of these two players, Mill Valley came in trying to slow the tempo of the game and keep the Miege offense off the field. The Jaguars were actually successful in the first quarter, giving up just seven points.
In fact, the Jaguars sustained drives of 13 plays, 10 plays and seven in the first half. By halftime, Mill Valley had run 41 plays to Miege’s 24, but because the Stags have a quick-strike offense, the scoreboard told a different story.
“I think we got the ball for two possessions, and it felt like we didn’t have the ball for the next quarter,” said Cozart. “We knew they were trying to keep us off the field, so our coaches just told us when you go out there, you’ve got to score.”
And score they did, exploding for 24 second-quarter points to take a 31-7 lead into the locker room.
The Jaguars, 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the district, were able to get somewhat of a ground game going with 239 yards from running back Kendall Short, 156 yards and quarterback Skyler Windmiller, 79 yards, but not much else.
The lone score came when Windmiller dove in from the one in the second quarter. The game was knotted up at seven at that time. On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick went into the hands of the Stags’ Adam Novak, who then bolted 67 yards for the score. That may have been the play that took the wind out of Mill Valley’s sails.
But Cozart and Parmalee kept playing their game of pitch and catch.
“Me and Montel are real good friends,” said Parmalee. “We have a real tight-knit group that we hang out with, but me and Montel, we really connected last summer when I moved here, and we decided that we would work hard together this summer and get our timing down, and it’s paid off.”