All bottled up

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 19, 2016 - 12:19 AM



As they've made a habit of doing this season, Bishop Miege was dominant in all phases of their 52-0 win over previously-unbeaten Basehor-Linwood to advance to next week's Class 4A-I Championship in Topeka, Kan.

The teams exchanged punts to open the game, but from that point on it was all Stags.

"Basehor-Linwood is a great football team, they were undefeated and ranked second in the state," Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes said.

"We knew we were going to have to play our 'A' game and came out and played really well. This is out third sub-state game in a row and the first in their school history, so we knew there would be a lot of emotion to start the game. They came out ready to play, but we bounced back from that and made plays."

Miege took over at the Basehor-Linwood 40 and needed just three plays to break the scoreless tie.

Freshman running back Brison Cobbins raced around the Bobcats' defense on a six-yard TD to make it 7-0 with 5:16 to play in the first quarter.

Less than two minutes later the Miege fans were brought to their feet again as senior Landry Weber turned in a highlight-reel punt return that went 60 yards for a score.

At the 3:39 mark of the quarter it was 13-0.

Weber scored his second TD of the first, this one on offense, on a 19-yard reception from junior QB Carson Putz. The score came at the first quarter horn and gave the Stags a 20-point leading going into the second.

Putz completed his second scoring pass of the first half on a 26-yard toss to senior Jafar Armstrong and with 9:59 to play in the half the lead swelled to 26-0.

Miege punctuated the half with two touchdowns in the final two minutes, a four-yard dive by Cobbins and 57-yard pass from Putz to Weber to lead by 38 at the break.

The Stags added two more scores in the second half, including a sensational 85-yard kickoff return by Armstong to open the second half. Following Cobbins' third touchdown run of the night at the 10:17 mark of the third it was a 52-point lead for Miege, who turned to their backups with a running clock in play.

The Stags rolled up 342 yards of offense, while holding the Bobcats to just 106 yards on the night.

Miege enters their third straight state championship game opposite Buhler (11-1) with an 11-1 mark.

"Our kids do an excellent job week to week of getting ready to play,"

Holmes said. "We know we are going to get everybody's best shot, so we have to do it one more week and I think our kids will be ready to play."

The Class 4A-I Championship kicks-off at 1 p.m. from Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.