Five weeks into the 2014 season, it’s starting to look like the two best football teams in the state might just sit three miles from each other along Mission Road in northeast Johnson County.
Like its neighbor to the south, Bishop Miege continued a perfect season with another dominating performance Friday, as the Stags beat Blue Valley West 35-7 in front of a lively home crowd at Dixon Doll Stadium — a victory that guarantees them the Eastern Kansas League title.
[pullquote]Jon Holmes on Stags’ win over BV West
Click the arrow to hear Bishop Miege Head Coach Jon Holmes talk about his team’s strategy in the win over the Jaguars.
[/pullquote]Both the Jaguars and the Stags got off to slow starts offensively. Coming off of a game with less than 100 yards rushing, junior running back Dawson Downing found enough room to break off for a 30-yard run, the Stags’ first score of the night. The game was tied 7-7 going into the half, but when Miege’s offense hit the field for the second half the Stags started a reign of terror against the Jaguars’ defense.
Moving the ball methodically down the field, quarterback Ryan Willis completed a 36-yard pass to junior wideout Nolan Gray that put Miege up 14-7. Bishop Miege’s defense continued to hold off the Jags and the offense took advantage of the stellar play, rallying for a 45-yard touchdown pass from Willis to senior tight-end Chris Ford. Yet again the defense held the Jags the Stags took the field marched down and while they were on the 20-yard line with Willis in shotgun, he threw a dart right on the money to Gray for another touchdown. Those 21 unanswered points from Bishop Miege gave them a 28-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Downing capped the Stags’ scoring of with an 80-yard touchdown run. He finished the night with 266 rushing yards, his second game of the year with more than 200 yards.
After the game Downing credited the offensive line with helping him to the achievement.
“I couldn’t have done it without the effort from the offensive line or the other lead blockers that I had to create the holes for me to run through,” he said.
Next week the Stags take on Blue Valley Southwest, who started the season 3-0 but lost the past two weeks.