Mill Valley pounds Leavenworth
By Matt Gerstner PrepsKC staff writer
It’s safe to say Mill Valley looks playoff-ready.
The Jaguars made that abundantly clear in their 49-0 dismantling of Leavenworth Friday night in the first round of the Kansas Class 5A playoffs. Logan Koch threw five touchdowns and rushed for one while his favorite target Christian Jegen caught two touchdowns and rushed for one of his own.
“We knew we had to win up front right away on both sides,” head coach Joel Applebee said. “I think the defense did a great job of that. Our guys each week have made it very personal that they need to dominate up front, and they absolutely did a great job tonight.”
The win is the fifth in a row for the Jaguars since their only loss on the year to Staley. During that streak, Mill Valley has put up a minimum of 45 points and given up a total of just 34.
“It starts up front,” Applebee said. “We feel like we have a pretty balanced offense and Logan is doing a great job of directing it.”
It took just 55 seconds for the Jaguars to start their assault on the scoreboard as Koch found Jegen over the middle for 44 yards and the touchdown. A great kick return and a long run set up Leavenworth inside Mill Valley’s red zone, but two sacks would sink the drive. Four plays and 75 yards later, Koch floated a 45 yard touchdown to a wide open Brady Garrison to give the Jags a 14-0 lead.
“We knew we had to come out early and lay it on them,” Koch said. “We knew we were the better team.”
Leavenworth would drive back deep into Jaguar territory but missed a 38-yard field goal. Jegen took a handoff 80 yards shortly after and the route was on. Things went from bad to worse for the Pioneers when they coughed up a fumble and Koch ran it in from the four. Mill Valley would end the first quarter with 28 points on just 13 plays.
From there, the Jaguar defense held up while Koch found Garrison and Jegen again for touchdowns before the halftime horn blare. Koch would add one more to Luke Krull in the second half before the first team offense exited with a 49-0 lead and a running clock.
“This game was great for our offense,” Koch said. “Especially after last week with all the rain. To score on all of our possessions, it’s big going into next week.”
Mill Valley moves on to face Pittsburg, the team that ended their season last year. For the Jaguars, that could mean redemption and revenge are on the line. Applebee, however, sees it a different way.
“We don’t necessarily look at it as a ‘revenge game,’ we look at it as the next opponent,” Applebee said. “We have to get better Monday, and this group focuses on that and understands that. They’re not going to look ahead.”
Koch put it a little more bluntly.
“Whoever we play, we’re really confident right now,” he said. “If we do what we’re supposed to we’ll take care of business.”
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