Miege wins holy war with Aquinas
By Matt Gerstner PrepsKC staff writer
Bishop Miege is holier than thou.
The Stags sent their demons to terrorize the Saints at St. Thomas Aquinas on its way to a 37-20 Holy War win Friday night.
Quarterback Ryan Willis was in peak form again, hitting 22 of 35 for 281 yards and three touchdowns while running back Dawson Downing added a ground touchdown and two through the air.
“It feels awesome going into your rivals’ home stadium and putting it on them,” Willis said of the victory. “It felt really good for us. It’s a big step for our program this year.
“Our limits our boundless. The only team that can stop us is us.”
The Stags jumped out to a 16-0 first half lead as Downing capped a 14-play, 78-yard drive with a 4-yard TD rush after a Sean Galey 38 yard field goal. Miege got six more when Willis hit Downing out of the backfield on his way to a 15 yard pitch and catch.
Despite head coach Randy Dreiling’s high-powered flexbone offense being held in check for most of the half, Aquinas would cut into the lead late in the second quarter as James Cosentino sparked a drive with a couple of big plays, ending with quarterback Karter Odermann finding tight end Kyle Raunig in the endzone four yards out, and the Saints were down just 10.
But the Stags ran away with the game in the second half, squashing any momentum Aquinas seemed to muster.
“We didn’t do anything special,” Miege coach Jon Holmes said. “We played base defense all night, but our kids came up and made the big plays.”
Willis found Downing again midway through the third, this time taking a wide open pass in the flat 49 yards to expand the lead. The Saints would again cut the lead back to 10 when Odermann tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Burditt, but Willis came right back with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Danny Murphy.
“That’s what Ryan does for us,” Holmes said. “He’s a big time quarterback. He’s going to KU for a reason. He did a good job leading.
“We told him he was going to have to run a little bit tonight, and he did that and moved the chains for us.”
Willis ended the night with 56 yards on 16 attempts, adding a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Stags all they needed.
“Our coaching staff puts in great positions to make plays,” Willis said. “I think we’re outcoaching every team we play at this moment, and we’re making plays when we get the chances. That’s all we can do.”
Aquinas got a bit of pride back late when Cosentino, who ended the night with 127 yards on 24 touches, took it 13 yards in for the score to bring it to a final of 37-20.
“They’re a good team, and they do a great job,” Dreiling said. “We just didn’t get enough stops. “I have to do a better job of calling the game and putting our kids in better situations, but they’re a good football team. We just have to get better.”
The Saints will get a good chance next week as they take on a winless Gardner-Edgerton squad while Miege looks to keep rolling against a tough Blue Valley West squad.
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