Mill Valley grinds past Blue Valley Northwest

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 9, 2016 - 8:53 PM

After a slow start the Mill Valley Jaguars pulled away and beat the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies 38 - 19 Thursday at the Blue Valley D.A.C.

Both teams traded punts to start the game, and it remained scoreless halfway through the first quarter. The Huskies looked to draw first blood on a jet sweep that went for 79 yards, but a holding penalty brought it back. In the same drive Mill Valley’s Chase Shyrock came up with an interception. A long pass to Ben Hartman got the Jags into the redone for the first time. Three straight draws by Cameron Young totaled 28 yards and the game’s first touchdown.

“It felt like we were stuck in the mud for a little while there,” Mill Valley head coach Joel Applebee said. “Much credit to Northwest. They are a good team. It took us a while to adjust to what they were doing. A win is a win and we are very happy.”

The Jaguars picked off Jacob Clark on the next possession. This time it was Joel Donn forcing the turnover for Mill Valley. Applebee’s squad wasted no time in turning that into points. Body Flaming found Hartman on a post down the right sideline for a 47 yard touchdown.

“[Hartman] was just playing hard more than anything,” Applebee said, “running his routes well and taking what they gave us.”

Northwest tried to keep it close and it had a couple of big plays on their next drive. The biggest being a 38-yard counter by Daeron Robinson that cut the deficit to 14-7.

“We knew we would have to come out and play flawlessly,” Blue Valley Northwest head coach Mike Zegunis said, “we didn’t, but our kids played hard. We do have some bright spots, and there are some things that we do well. We just have to be more consistent.”

That would be it for the scoring until Mill Valley took over 70 yards for the goal line and 90 seconds left in the half. The Jaguars would only need 60 of those seconds has the steadily moved down the field. Flaming finished off the drive with a 16 yard pass over the middle to Brady Garrison putting Milly Vally back up 14.

It would stay 21-7 for much of the third quarter. Both teams turn it over on downs multiple times with neither team reaching the red zone. That is until Hartman got behind the defense and Flaming in the wide open receiver for a 71 yard touchdown.

“It was all about what adjusting to what they were giving us,” Applebee said. “I thought our kids did a great job running those plays when we made the adjustments.”

The Flaming to Hartman connection wasn’t over. The two hooked up for a 49 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter for Mill Valley’s fifth touchdown of the game.

Northwest kept fighting and capped off a long drive with a perfectly thrown 27 yard fade to Jackson Heath. A failed two-point conversion made the score 35-13.

Despite the wide margin neither offense quit. Both teams would add a score before the final whistle. Next week Mill Valley hosts Blue Valley Southwest; while the Huskies welcome Blue Valley West.