Mill Valley dominates Basehor-Linwood
By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC staff writer
Mill Valley’s offense didn’t sputter with Ty Bruce filling in at quarterback for the banged up Logan Koch as the Jaguars defeated Basehor-Linwood 38-0.
The game, which was originally scheduled for Thursday night, was rescheduled to Friday night due to lightning.
Mill Valley (3-0) coach Joel Applebee said thought his team did a good job being prepared for a game that was played a day later than scheduled.
“We were focused to play on Thursday, but like I told the kids last night, what you can’t control, you can’t worry about,” Applebee said.
Bruce threw for 31 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-11 passing. He also ran for 129 yards—leading all rushers—and a score.
The Jaguars game plan coming into the game was to pound the ball on the ground, amassing 263 yards by way of the run.
In the middle of the second quarter, Bruce found wide receiver Zach Hanna on a five-yard in. The ball—thrown a little high and away—was corralled by a diving Hanna with his left hand.
He made it look easy like Derek Jeter making a barehanded throw to first.
“It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Holy,’” Applebee said.
Hanna hauled in two catches for 15 yards and the first score of the game, which was all Mill Valley needed.
Nick Wilson added 105 yards on the ground for the Jaguars. On his 30-yard touchdown run, he bounced off four defenders before he took off for the left side of the end zone.
The Bobcats couldn’t get anything going Friday night and coach Steve Hopkins knew that might be the case.
His game plan coming in was to run the clock and punt the ball.
“We wanted to make them drive the ball (full field); we wanted to play field position,” Hopkins said. “When we did punt, we did well.”
They weren’t going to sit back and wait for Mill Valley to make a mistake; they were going to be aggressive.
Basehor-Linwood (1-2) didn’t cross midfield until midway through the third when Mill Valley muffed a punt. Four plays later, the Bobcats were forced to punt, but the ball was snapped over Justin Williams’ head.
Tim Sanders completed 5-of-10 passes for 72 yards and Alex Jackson added 44 yards on the ground.
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