Mill Valley makes a statement

Mike Lavieri/PrepsKC

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 16, 2015 - 11:02 PM

After a slow start, which yielded only a field goal for Mill Valley in the first quarter, the Jaguars used their speed and strength in their 45-14 victory, giving St. James its first loss of the season.

The Jaguars (6-1) found themselves down 14-10 with three minutes left in the half, but they then rattled off 35-unanswered points to take a commanding lead. Four of the scores came from Christian Jegen, who ran for three and caught one.

He saw more touches rushing the ball because Tristan Milne exited with what appeared to be a concussion.

Jegen’s second rushing score was 30 yards, while his receiving touchdown from Logan Koch went for 23-yards. His first score gave Mill Valley at 17-14 lead, which was the score at the half.

“We knew we got out of our game,” Jegen said of what changed after being down by four. “They were talking, and there was a lot of smack talk and we were getting penalized for it. We went into halftime and said we needed to play our game, and we came out and played like the team we are.”

Koch also hooked up with 6-foot-7 Luke Krull twice. One for 11 yards in the second quarter, and a 44-yard strike, which Koch perfectly led Krull and dropped the ball right over the defender’s head.

St. James (6-1) got on the board with a 3-yard Dylan Streeter run midway through the second quarter. The score was set up when Koch was rushed and had to throw off his back foot. Clay Lautt picked him off setting up the Thunder deep into Mill Valley territory.

Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee said the interception wasn’t only Koch’s fault as there were other breakdowns in the play.

“He knows we can’t make mistakes like that in big games,” Applebee said. “At the same time we’re a team. We’re not Logan, we’re not Christian, we’re not Luke Krull. We’re a team and we have to play well as a team.”

Streeter was playing both ways after starting running back Jake Burgmeier exited the game because of a lingering ankle injury.

St. James coach Tom Radke said losing Burgmeier put some added pressure on Streeter.

“He lost a little focus on defense,” Radke said. “It’s tough to go both ways against a good team like this.

The Thunder took the lead when Trey Keith rolled to his right and threw back across the field to a wide-open Sam Winger for a 6-yard touchdown.

Mill Valley hosts Bonner Springs (7-0), who defeated Turner by 40, next week. St. James will travel to Turner (2-5).

Radke said the first thing he told his team after the loss was this one is done.

“They are a good football team,” Radke said.