Miege blows past Piper
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
As they've made a habit of doing this season, Bishop Miege simply overwhelmed the opposition.
The Stags scored 17 before the teams had even switched ends of the field, while their defense (who's given up just seven points in three playoff games) was as stifling as usual and Miege advanced to the state championship game with a 62-7 win over Piper (10-2).
"Our coaches work really hard at what we do, we didn't sleep much this week," Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes said. "We knew Piper was going to give us everything they had. We had a game plan and our kids did a great job of doing the things we asked at a very high level."
Miege began the scoring explosion on the first drive on the game. The Stags went 65 yards in less than two minutes and led 8-0 after a 27-yard pass from Ryan Willis, who ended the game 15-22 for 237 yards passing, to Jafar Armstrong and a two-point conversion.
Piper came up with an interception at 5:16 of the first, but Miege countered quickly. Two plays later, the Stags defense swarmed the Pirate ball carrier in the end zone for a safety and it was 10-0.
It was back to the air for Miege as Willis threw his second TD to Chris Ford on a 67-yard connection and it was a 17-point edge after one quarter.
The onslaught continued into the second quarter as Miege blew the game wide open.
The Stags showed their versatility on offense in the second going to the ground after using their passing attack to build the early lead.
Running back Dawson Downing made his presence known, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the quarter as the Stags accounted for 31 more points to initiate a running clock and take a commanding 48-0 halftime lead.
By 3:42 of the third, Downing had scored his fifth TD on the ground as he ended the game with 136 yards on 22 carries, giving Miege a 55-0 lead.
With less than seven minutes left in the game, Miege junior TJ Goodwin found the end zone and it was 62-0.
The Pirates battled to the final whistle and avoided the shutout with a TD pass from Ty Banes to Sean Pahls with 1:25 to play.
Miege racked up 374 yards of offense while holding the Pirates under 100, won the turnover battle (3-1) and converted on third down 67 percent of the time.
The Class 4A-1 Championship will kick off at 1 p.m. November 29 in Topeka with the Stags playing Hayden (11-1)
"We've never had a team win 13 games here and these kids are focused on that," Holmes said. "They've been focused on that since June. They know we have one more week together. We're going to make the most and try and get that game and bring the title back here."
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