Miege back in the 4A title game again

Steve Bubalo/PrepsKC

By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 23, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Facing the Bishop Miege offense is already a difficult enough task for any defense, so when the Stags throw in a trick play, it almost seems unfair.

On Friday night, the Stags’ trick play was the cherry on top of another dominating Class 4A sub-state finals performance, a 46-7 win at Basehor-Linwood. With the win, Miege will play for its fifth-straight state title.

“It feels better every time,” wide receiver Hudson Bentley said.

Bentley had his hand in the trick play, as he was the thrower on a wide receiver pass. All week long in practice the play had gone to Jaylen Scruggs, but Bentley had to find a new target as the play developed.

“I was looking at Jaylen and I saw someone behind him,” Bentley said. “I moved my head a little to the left and saw Phillippe (Wesley). I just lobbed it up to him.”

Wesley came streaking out of nowhere across the field and the ball fell right into his arms as he sprinted into the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown. The score made it 39-7 late in the third quarter.

“We practice that play all the time,” Miege head coach Jon Holmes said. “We have a bunch of stuff in our bag like that. The kids love it.”

It was a dominating performance from the get-go for the Stags, as they took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on 11 plays to take an early 6-0 lead on a Brison Cobbins' 2-yard touchdown run. Going on the road and facing an underdog with nothing to lose, Holmes knew an early lead would be important.

“We talked about not letting them in the game,” Holmes said. “We wanted to start fast.”

Holmes said this year’s team grinds drives out a little more than some past teams, but as Bentley pointed out, it doesn’t take much for the offense to find its rhythm.

“It gets easier after that first one (touchdown),” Bentley said. “We know what we can do against any defense as long as we execute.”

Quarterback Sam Pedrotti found the end zone from 7 yards out on the Stags’ next possession for a 14-0 lead after the two-point conversion. Two drives later a short field yielded a quick two-play, 27-yard drive, capped by a Pedrotti-to-Wesley 19-yard pass. Pedrotti would find the end zone one more time with his legs before the half ended, this one from 2 yards out, for a 27-0 lead.

"We have plenty of firepower," Bentley said.

Basehor-Linwood (10-2) would try and get some momentum going into the half when quarterback Dylan Mussett connected with AJ Cooper on a 44-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-7. They even ran the second half kickoff back for a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty. Miege stayed in control after that with three second-half scores.

“The kids played extremely hard,” Bobcat head coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “We had some opportunities to make a few more plays. You have to make those plays this time of year. ...This has been a phenomenal senior class. We always tell our seniors that their job is to leave the program better than they found it. They went to two sub-state finals and are the winningest class in school history. They set the standard for the guys behind them.”

Miege (10-2) eyes are now set on another title. In their way are the 10-2 Goddard Lions, a team that moved down from Class 5A this season. And while this celebration is nothing new for the Stags, Holmes made sure his team appreciated what they accomplished.

“I told them to enjoy it,” Holmes said. “It’s hard to get where we’re at and do what we’re doing. I want them to take a deep breath and enjoy it. We’re excited to play Goddard. We have to try and keep them focused one more week.”