Miege hammers DeSoto
By Ryan Wallace PrepsKC staff writer
The math was simple addition for the visiting Bishop Miege Stags at De Soto on Friday night: Miege starting offense + Football = Touchdown.
Seven offensive series in the first half became seven offensive touchdowns for head coach Jon Holmes No. 1 ranked squad in 4A-I, downing the previously one-loss Wildcats 50-0.
“For one I think as a team we executed the game plan on both sides of the ball,” the Miege head coach said afterwards. “We knew they’d give us some looks that’d be tough for us to pick up and we saw that on film from the pressure they put on Spring Hill. So we worked hard at blitz pick-ups and checks. We got into everything we needed.”
“The team continues to get better each week,” senior center Colin Grunhard added. “Our offensive line has communicated well lately, giving our quarterback time and giving running backs holes. Then our defense gives us the opportunity to score a lot of points and that helps them right back. It’s been a collective effort.”
Improving to 2-0 in District Two, the Stags offensive starters have now scored on 23-straight possessions. Firing out of the cylinder against one of De Soto’s largest crowds, quarterback Carter Putz needed just four plays before it was 14-0, courtesy of a weaving 69-yard catch and score from senior Jafar Armstrong followed quickly by a 16-yard tote from junior running back Cameron Clark. After a Putz keeper touchdown from two-yards out on the third series, Clark and Armstrong would add additional scores along with a 28-yard reception by a wide open Joey Gleason off a Putz scramble and a Landry Weber five-yard touchdown reception that had been keyed by the Stags second blocked punt of a dominating first half.
For the Wildcats, who entered the homecoming and senior night showdown riding a key victory over Spring Hill, the opposing performance was only magnified by a rotating quarterback position. With the team’s greatest offensive weapon, Bryce Mohl, still out after suffering an injury the week before, De Soto went with back-up Brandon Taylor out of the gate before he too was sidelined in the second quarter. The combination of Max Barger and Connor Strouse, neither of whom is even listed as a quarterback on the roster, finished the remaining half for head coach Brian King, unable to pump any gas into what’s been a successful triple-option attack with Mason Clark and Darren Winans.
“They were doing a good job executing what we do there at the beginning,” said King of his offense’s opening drive that wound up advancing all the way to the Miege 29-yard line before relinquishing the football. “That quarterback (Taylor) was a back-up for our starter and he has stepped up and really done a phenomenal job. We hope to have him back next week.”
“I think we can play with a lot of teams because we’ve got a really good team here,” continued King on his team moving forward. “I told our kids not to feel frustrated because (Miege) has done this to everybody. I think our kids understand that because they’re a mature group who have battled their butts off to overcome adversity. They’ll handle this just fine and I think we have a lot of good football left to play.”
As for the Stags, who improve to 7-1 after a second straight shutout, the pressure is certainly much higher but that’s to be expected these days for the Mission, Kan. powerhouse.
“This is our third year trying to do it,” Grunhard explained about the process of winning another state championship. “There’s pressure but we’re used to it now. We just have to keep moving forward one game at a time and we’ll be fine.”
The next game will be back on familiar turf for Grunhard and 20 other seniors who Holmes hopes will receive the sendoff they deserve.
“It’s our last guaranteed home game,” finished the head coach. “Our seniors have had amazing careers, so we want to make sure they keep getting some games at home in front of our fans.”
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