Bishop Miege on Friday capped off a season-opening six weeks that will put this Stags team in the record books: For the first time since 1994, Miege is 6-0 to start the season — not to mention outright Eastern Kansas League champs.
With a 53-14 drubbing of Blue Valley Southwest, the Stags finished a perfect regular season of play and gave themselves a momentum boost heading into week one of districts next week against Spring Hill.
”We knew we were the better team coming into the game,” quarterback Ryan Willis said after the victory. “We just did what we have been doing all year. We have got it rolling right now.”
Miege’s offense picked up steam early, jumping out to a comfortable 13-0 lead going into the second quarter. Southwest got on the board early in the second quarter, but an 81-yard run by junior running back Dawson Downing swung momentum right back to Miege. The Stags even threw in a trick play in the second quarter. Downing took the ball and passed to junior wide receiver Nolan Gray for a 63 yard gain that set up Willis’s third passing touchdown on the night, putting Miege up 33-7. A blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown for the Stags and an interception allowed Miege to enter halftime leading 47-7.
Willis led the Stags with an almost perfect passing game, going 10-12 for 138 passing yards and three touchdowns to seal the EKL title.
”It means a lot to us,” Willis said. “With all the hard work we put in this offseason it is very nice to see it finally paying off.”
Head coach Jon Holmes said he was proud of the team’s effort.
“There were times they could have backed down but they stepped it up and I’m proud of them,”
Holmes said the team would shift its attention to preparing for districts play.
“There are a lot of physical run first teams,” he said. “We know we are going to see that, so our guys know they have to come out every week just like we did tonight and shut down the run.”