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By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 10:05 PM



Friday night was one for the record books as Carter Putz notched career touchdown pass No. 93 as Class 4A No. 1 Bishop Miege took down Class 5A No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas, 27-14.

After an Aquinas punt on its first drive of the second half that was downed at the Miege two-yard line, Putz dropped back in his own end zone and fired a strike to Daniel Jackson, who out ran his man, and dashed into the end zone giving Putz the record and Miege a 20-7 lead with 8:19 left in the third quarter.

Putz completed 10-of-19 passes for 230 yards, while adding two scores with his feet.

His first touchdown didn’t come without controversy as many, author included, thought the Stags were gifted a fifth down.

On first down from the 15, Aquinas was flagged for pass interference on a close call. The ball was spotted at the Saints eight-yard line.

Everybody thought it meant it was first and goal, however, pass interference isn’t an automatic first down in high school. Putz ran for four yards on the ensuing setting up a first and goal from the three, not a second and goal.

Two plays later Putz threw an incomplete pass and that’s when the confusion started – was the infamous 1990 Colorado/Missouri 5th Down Game happening again?

Putz ran it in to give Miege the lead, but it was a legitimate score, after all.

Aquinas wasted no time answering as Adam Davis ran for 44 of his 100 yards on the Saints scoring drive to pull even.

Davis’ backfield mate Cameron Davis had himself a game too as he ran for 118 yards on 24 carries, including an eight-yard score to pull Aquinas within 20-14 with 6:28 left in the game.

On the ensuing drive, Brison Cobbins went 59 yards untouched to all but seal the game. Aquinas has an opportunity late, but fumbled on its own four-yard line and Miege ran out the clock.