Staley earns cross-state win over Mill Valley

By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 4, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Mill Valley came off a 72-6 victory last week and looked to start where they left off. Staley started off with the ball, with a nice 30-yard return by Conrad McMahon and put the Falcons on their own 32-yard line. The first play from scrimmage, quarter back Beau Baker threw an interception to Jack Nielson of the Jag’s. Payton Marlow throws a 16-yard pass to his receiver Christian Jergen who would drag Falcon tacklers for additional 10-yards after the catch. But, that was all the Jaguars would be able to muster up and would stall on the Falcons 24-yard line.

The Falcons would be the first team to put any points on the board. Kahluna Bourchard ran untouched for a 59-yard TD run, the point after by Faizol Bourchard, but the Falcons on top, 7-0. Little was happening offensively by the Jaguars, as they were shut down in their next possession, gaining only 10-yards on 6 plays, forcing the Jag’s to punt. The Falcons would take over on Mill Valley’s 48-yard line. The Falcons were staring at 3rd and long, Kahluna Bourchard carried the ball for 11-yards and a Falcon 1st down. On the next play, McMahon weaved in and out of would be tacklers and took the ball to the house, except it was called back because of holding. The Falcons had a 3rd-and-13 Mill Valley’s 47-yard line, Kahluna took the ball and tried to get outside the tackles, but was tackled 4-yards deep in the back field by Bryan Burnett. The Falcons turned it over on downs on the next play, giving the ball back to the Jaguars on their own 38-yard line.

Staley was able to get the ball back on a 3-and-out by the Jaguars in their next possession. On the 2nd play of the drive, the Falcons coughed up the ball and Anthony Brown of Mill Valley came up with the fumble recovery on Staley’s 42-yard line. The Jaguars had the ball and was looking to score. But, the Falcons defense was ready, they forced the Jaguars to turn the ball over on downs once again. On the Falcons next drive, they ran the ball 10-times, McMahon picking up a huge chunk of those yards on the first play with a 23-yard run. The drive was capped off by McMahon’s 5-yard TD run. The extra point by Faizol, but the Falcons in front 14-0; the Falcons took that lead into the half.

Mill Valley started the 2nd half with the ball, starting on their own 31-yard line. Logan Koch ran the ball 19-yards on the first two plays, but the Falcons defense tackled Koch for a 3-yard loss and Marlow’s pass was incomplete for the 3rd and long try. Staley’s defense steps up once again and forced the Jaguars to punt. On Staley’s next possession, the Falcons put together an impressive 12-play, 72-yard drive finished by Beau Bakers 2-yard TD run, set up by lead blocks by Eli Ross, Sidney Lawson and Joe McNally. The extra point put the Falcons on top 21-0.

The Falcons defense forced a three-in-out by Mill Valley. Staley started their next possession on their own 17-yard line. McMahon & Kahluna put together two big runs in the possession, 21-yard by McMahon & 37-yards by Kahluna respectfully. The other Bouchard, Faizol capped off the drive with a 6-yard TD run. The extra point by Faizol gives the Falcons a commanding 28-0 lead.

On Mill Valley’s next possession, Marlow tries to move the ball through the air, but is picked off by Jacob Pfrender and takes the interception back for a 40-yard TD, a pick-six. The extra point, pushes the lead to 35-0, Falcons. Mill Valley just could get nothing going and once again turned it over on a fumble, this time recovered by the Falcons. The Falcons would force another turnover before this once was done, intercepting another pass from Marlow, their third forced turnover of the quarter.

Staley was just too dominating in this game. The Falcons had 8-tackles for loss and 3 takeaways, one of the takeaways was returned for a TD. The Falcons held the Jaguars to just 205 of total offense, including allowing only 3.4 yards per carry by the Jag’s.

Next week, Mill Valley (1-4) will host Lansing and Staley (5-2) will play at Raytown.