Miege defense stifles Blue Valley North for win

By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 26, 2016 - 8:13 PM

As the famous saying always goes, defense wins’ football games and Bishop Miege’s defense came to play. From the first drive, the Stags defense shine picking off Mustangs quarterback Cole Chapman for the first touchdown of the game. The pick six set the tone Friday night as Bishop Miege never looked back handling the Blue Valley North Mustangs 24-6.

The Stags dominated in the trenches constantly putting pressure on Mustangs quarterback Cole Chapman and forcing the Mustangs into four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble).

Head coach Jon Holmes thought the turnover margin decided the game.

“It was huge for us, that’s one thing we challenged our defense all week,” said Holmes.  “On film we thought we had a chance to get some picks and John Ryan started the game that way for us, got us up 7-0. Landry Weber Djimon Colbert, we made some plays on that side, and in a game like this you almost have to cause the offense struggling a little and that’s what good teams do they find ways to pick each other and that’s just what we did.”

Despite outstanding defenses performances, the game was decided on two drives: the final drive of the first half and the first drive of the second half. Blue Valley North optioned to squib kick to Bishop Miege with under a minute left in the half and the Stags made them pay as senior John Crosby returned the kick all the way to the 10-yard line. The big kick return lead to an easy touchdown as quarterback Carter Putz found Jafar Armstrong on a perfect back shoulder fade putting Bishop Miege up 14-3 going into half. The very next Bishop Miege drive came right after the half as the Stags quick strike offense marched right down the field and scored once more to put the game away.

Blue Valley North just made too many mistakes or as head coach Andy Sims calls it “Mustangs beating Mustangs.” With four turnovers and a couple handfuls of penalties, Blue Valley North faced an up-hill battle from the get go.

“We’re not a team that’s built to turn the ball over four times and have pick six’s and our kicking game was horrible tonight, you know right before half you squib and you give up a long return right before half, you know there’s 14 points,” said Sims. “That doesn’t necessarily win you the ball game but it puts you in a position to win when you don’t make those mistakes.”

Despite a poor field position, Sims and the Mustangs defense played an excellent football game.

“That defense played lights out tonight,” said Sims. “That’s the strength of our team and we need to put those guys in a little bit of a better position to succeed so our team has a better chance to succeed.”

As for coach Holmes and the Stags, they couldn’t be happier.

“It feels great that’s what I just told the team, that’s a good football team,” Holmes said. “Coach Sims had a great plan against us, we had to make some adjustments and you know we haven’t played in games like this very much and it was good to see our kids respond that way and make plays when we had to.”

Bishop Miege looks to ride their momentum at home playing Blue Valley West while Blue Valley North looks to rebound at home against Gardner Edgerton.