Miege dominant once again
By Brian Sanders PrepsKC Student Intern
The Topeka Highland Park Scots’ first playoff appearance since 2004 was a short lived one as the Stags of Bishop Miege trounced their opposition 59-0 at Dixon Doll Stadium.
It started from the first possession for Highland Park. A simple three and out with minimal yardage, punt, then Miege took over. The Stags were able to score on a three play, 56 yard drive by way of a 26 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Montel Cozart to Tre Parmalee.
The Scots got the ball at their own 20-yard line and were looking for good things but a David Zahner interception at the Highland Park 22-yard line gave the Stags a golden opportunity that they didn’t pass up. Cozart scored on a run from five yards out to make the score 14 to 0 with 7:33 still to play in the first quarter.
Highland Park was down two scores and needed a good possession but they went three and out again and didn’t even have positive yardage before punting to Miege. A single play, a 30-yard touchdown pass from Cozart to running back Quanzee Johnson seemingly put the game away for good as the Scots had negative five yards on eight plays from scrimmage.
For the remainder of the half Bishop Miege left no doubt in who was in control of the game and who would be moving into the next round of the state playoffs. The Stags would score on their next three possessions before the half on a 29-yard Colin Carter field goal, a 21-yard Cozart to Adam Novak pass, and a one yard Cozart run to give Miege a dominating 38 to 0 halftime lead.
Coming out of halftime Highland Park seemed focused in a way that said that they weren’t going without a fight as they immediately forced Bishop Miege to punt but the Stags defense one-upped the Scots and Miege had the ball again, this time with the mind to score. Johnson ran eight yards on an end around for a score to put another six back on the scoreboard and put the home side in cruise control and set off the running clock.
Johnson would have two more rushing touchdowns of 22 and 10 yards to finish off the scoring for Miege. Johnson would finish the day with seven carries for 82 yards three rushing touchdowns two receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown while the other two offensive juggernauts of Parmalee and Cozart had good days as well. Cozart finished the night with 16 yards on 7 carries and 2 rushing TDs while passing for 152 yards by going 11 for 21 with three TD passes. Parmalee had 83 yards on 8 catches and one TD.
Bishop Miege now advances on to host Blue Valley in the next round of the playoffs. Topeka Highland Park had a 4-6 record, including playoffs, and leave proud at being able to advance to their first playoff since the 2004 season.
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