What’s usually the Logan Koch to Christian Jegen show turned out to be the Logan Koch to Luke Krull show.
Koch and Krull hooked up for three touchdowns in Mill Valley High’s 40-6 victory against Blue Valley Northwest Friday night.
The Jaguars opened play on their new turf field, and on the first drive of the game, Tristan Milne rumbled into the end zone for a 27-yard score.
Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee said his they wanted to start season right at home. He said they couldn’t ask for a better facility.
Three of the next four touchdowns — all in the air — went to Krull on passes of 20 yards, 27 yards and 26 yards.
He might be the beneficiary when defenses key in on Koch or Jegen or when Jegen is double-teamed and defenses forget about Krull. But that’s a mistake leaving a 6-foot-7 receiver unmarked.
“I’m out there for a reason,” Krull said. “When Logan and Christian are covered or need somebody big to throw it up to, I’m there.”
Applebee said Krull, who has committed to play baseball at Arkansas, has been playing and practicing really well. He said he does a good job of blocking, too, which doesn’t get enough credit.
The Huskies scored minutes before the half thanks to three penalties by Mill Valley on the same play.
Blue Valley Northwest punted, but a Mill Valley blocker had pushed a Husky gunner into Jegen. Penalty number one.
Jegen wasn’t able to field the punt cleanly and the ball squirted toward the middle of the field where Northwest scooped it up. The play was called dead, but the players kept playing, as Northwest tried to advance the ball. Jegen got up and made the tackled, but was called for a face mask. Penalty number two.
The third came when Applebee ran onto the field.
The refs were brought together three times to discuss the penalty, which they initially gave the ball to Mill Valley. They then switched the ruling and Blue Valley had the ball on the Jaguars eight-yard line.
On the next play Daeron Robinson scored, but Cole Morris blocked the point after.
Blue Valley Northwest coach Mike Zegunis said Robinson is very athletic and is a player that can take it the distance at any time.
“We were trying to get him established,” Zegunis said. “When we saw what they were trying to take away, then we went to what we felt was open, which we felt was the slant (to Cooper Trusdale).”
The Huskies have an unfavorable start to their season opening with Bishop Miege, followed by MVHS tonight, and St. Thomas Aquinas next week.
Zegunis said in the postgame huddle he told his players there is still a lot of football to be played.
“I felt this week, even though we got beat pretty handedly, I thought our compete level was a lot better,” Zegunis said. “I liked the way our guys competed for four quarters. Last week I couldn’t say that.”
Mill Valley also has a difficult start to its season as they welcome in Derby. Last season, the Jaguars lost 35-14. The Panthers’ coach, Brandon Clark, is Applebee’s cousin.
But Applebee sees next week as their next game and not a matchup against family.
“It’s a great storied program,” Applebee said. “We want to use this week to get better. Our goal hasn’t changed. We want to be playing our best football going into weeks 7, 8 and 9, and into the playoffs.”