Stags stampede through opening round of district play, remain last undefeated 4A team

Miege_Stags_After_GameBy Brennan Dial

Miege honored Paul Martel — the school’s first football coach and Hall of Fame member for the Missouri Football Coaches Association — in two ways Friday: by dedicating their field to him, and by putting on a dominating performance that gave the Stags a 42-0 victory against 4A district opponent Spring Hill.

But, said junior running back Dawson Downs after the game, Friday’s win is just “the first step on our way to a State Championship.”

[pullquote]Jon Holmes on Stags district opening win
Click the arrow to hear Bishop Miege Head Coach Jon Holmes discuss his team’s win over Spring Hill.

[/pullquote]Spring Hill’s offense ground out a run-focused drive to open the game, but came up short, handing the ball over to the Stags at the 20 yard line. But Miege didn’t need much time to get its offense rolling. Quarterback Ryan Willis and the Miege offense took four plays to get into the endzone. Capping off the 80 yard drive with a four yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Emilio Podrecca.

A 26-yard run from Downing opened the game up and gave Miege all the momentum with a 14-0 lead. But that was not the end of the Stags’ offensive tear. With a little over four minutes left in the half, Willis finally connected with sophomore Jafar Armstrong on a 34-yard touchdown pass giving Miege a 21-0 lead at the break.

Coming out of the half it was all about big plays for the Stags. The offense rolled down the field for a drive the ended with a ten yard touchdown run from Downing, who finished the night with 194 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

“We just continued to do what we’ve done all season.” Downing said after the game. “Keeping a balanced attack of running and passing.”

With another quarter still to play Miege was in a little trouble for the first time all game. Backed up on their own six yard line a post route ran by junior wide receiver Danny Murphy turned into a 94-yard touchdown pass ending the night for the starters, including Willis who finished the game with 286 yards and three passing touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Landry Weber capped the night’s scoring with a 72-yard touchdown that sealed the Stags 42-0 victory.

Miege improved to 7-0 on the season and is the last undefeated 4A team. Next week they will travel to Louisburg in what will be their second game of districts and their longest road game of the season.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game,” said Coach Jon Holmes of next week’s matchup.“Our kids know that after tonight we have to have a great week of practice so we can come out and play the way we want to play next Friday.”