Falcons win border showdown

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By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 2, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The cross-border showdown that pitted Kansas’ No. 1 Class 5A team, Mill Valley, and Missouri’s No. 3 Class 5 team, Staley High, did not disappoint.

Staley rattled off 21-straight points at one point in its 28-21 victory against the Jaguars. 

Running backs Julian Ross and Joe Eller led the way for the Falcons, scoring a touchdown on the ground each. Eller also added one in the air.

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“I think it was their best performance of the year,” Staley coach Fred Bouchard said. “They ran hard, they were physical.”

Once down 14-7 after Mill Valley’s Logan Koch found Lucas Krull for two touchdowns, the Falcons made some adjustments against a team that Bouchard called “great” after the game.

He said Mill Valley is going to make some noise at the state level in Class 5A.

Eller tied the game up at 14 with a 14-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the second quarter.

Quarterback Michael Kilpatrick found Beau Baker on a 10-yard fade. Baker’s snag would have counted in the NFL as he was able to get both feet inbounds.

In the second half, Staley capped its scoring on a 1-yard pass from Kilpatrick to Ellis.

But Mill Valley responded as the drive featured a heavy dose of Christian Jegen, who grabbed passes of 6 yard, 29 yards and a 9-yard touchdown where he went over the top of the defender and kept his foot inbounds.

Jaguars’ coach Joel Applebee said that there is some wow factor when Jegen makes plays where he contorts his body, and other times it’s Jegen being Jegen.

Applebee said he’s a great player because of his work ethic. He doesn’t know how somebody couldn’t consider him one of the best players in the metro.

“Christian Jegen is a great receiver,” Bouchard said, who made sure he was saying his last name correctly. “(Pitia) Gore comes up late and makes some really nice plays (against Jegen).”

Staley game planned well to prevent Koch from making big plays with his legs, but Koch was able to do damage with his arm.

“We’ve always been an offense of we take what the defense gives us,” Applebee said. “That’s always been our philosophy. We knew Staley’s front seven was probably the best front seven I’ve seen in years.

After the game, Bouchard went up to both Jegen and Koch and had a few words with them.

“I said, ‘You guys have a state-championship caliber team, now go bring it home,’” Bouchard said. “This would be good for this community. They are good.”