Miege rolls past Aquinas to claim district title
By Ty Hardamon PrepsKC staff writer
On Friday night the Bishop Miege Stags traveled to Overland Park to take on the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints. The Stags strolled in atop the Eastern Kansas League at 5-1 while the Saints have only won one conference game thus far.
There’ s no secret that these teams are rivals and bragging rights are at stake due to a feud that started decades ago. Over the last three seasons the storied rivalry has split the past four games.
The Stags didn’t waste much time putting points on the board. On the 27-yard line facing a third and three, junior QB Ryan Willis threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeffery Martin. The Stags converted a two-point conversion, making it 8-0 and only elapsing 57 seconds off the clock.
The Saints offense had a rough first half. The team allotted for 32 total yards, zero first downs and a Danten Cosentino interception. The Saints defense struggled to contain the high-octane offense. The Willis led offense scored three touchdowns alone in the first quarter.
It was a tale of two halves for the Saints offense. After going scoreless in the first 24 minutes and failing to earn a first down, Cosentino connected with Kyle Raunig on third and two for a gain of 25 yards. Several plays later Jeremy Collier kicked a 27-yard field goal to cap off a nine play drive. During the Saints next series, Cosentino converted on all four targets to Ryan McNellis, including one for a touchdown. The Saints scored 16 points in the third quarter while holding Bishop Miege scoreless.
In the fourth quarter the Stags erased any hope of a comeback for the Saints. With just under 10 minutes left in the game, Martin hauled in an 82-yard bomb from Willis for another touchdown. Martin had a game for the ages. The wide receiver nearly had more receiving yards than the Saints had passing yards. Martin finished the game with seven receptions, 253 yards and three touchdowns, compared to the Saints 297 passing yards and one touchdown.
The Stags have won three of the last five games versus the Saints, including Fridays’ 50-16 victory. The win crowned the Stags Eastern Kansas League champions.
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