Huge first half pushes Miege past Blue Valley, sets up meeting of undefeated rivals against St. Thomas Aquinas

By Brennan Dial

Bishop+MiegeBishop Miege showed in its first two games of the season that once its offense gets rolling, the Stags are a tough team to stop. On Friday, the evidence of as much kept mounting as Miege defeated Eastern Kansas League rival Blue Valley 42-21 in a game that got regional attention as Metro Sports’ Game of the Week.

Miege opened the game with a score on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Willis to receiver Danny Murphy. They followed that drive with a 75-yard pass for a touchdown from Willis to Jafar Armstrong to put the Stags up 14-0. The Tigers capitalized on an intercepted first quarter pass with a touchdown on their ensuing drive, but Miege turned things up a notch in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns and putting the game out of reach with a 42-7 halftime score.

“Our offense hit some big shots early which got us a lead,” said head coach Jon Holmes. “Which is something Blue Valley is not use to, playing from behind, so we knew we had the advantage.

[pullquote]Jon Holmes on the big week 3 win
Click the arrow to hear Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes talk about the win over Blue Valley and prepping for rival St. Thomas Aquinas in week 4.

[/pullquote]Willis ended the half with four touchdown passes, and star junior running back Dawson Downing scored two touchdowns for the Stags on the ground.

The defense had an excellent outing as well, keeping Blue Valley’s powerful running game in check. Even with a monstrous offensive line lead by University of Missouri commit A.J Harris, the Tigers had their hands full with the Stags front seven defensive players. Miege was able to control the game at the line of scrimmage giving the running styled offense for Blue Valley no holes and only red jerseys to run into.

“We knew they liked to run the ball coming into the game, we were able to stop them and plug up the holes right away,” Holmes said.

The Stags hit the road next week to take on their arch rivals in St. Thomas Aquinas in a game that will be televised. Both teams will be entering the game 3-0.

“It’s going to be a fun game next week but there are a lot of things we have to get better on to reach our goals,” Holmes said.