By Brennan Dial
It was a familiar — but not unwelcome – scene for Bishop Miege’s top-ranked football squad on Friday.
The Stags jumped out to an early lead in the second week of district play against 3-4 Louisburg, loping to an easy 41-14 victory that keeps them undefeated at 8-0 on the year.
“I was proud the way our kids came out,” Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes said after the game. “That was the challenge for them this week, to start fast. Since we were able to do that we took the game from them.”
Miege already had a good deal of momentum after scoring on their opening drive. But the Stags followed that with an onside kick that the quickly turned into another score on a 49-yard flea-flicker pass to wide receiver Jafar Armstron, giving Miege a 14-0 lead within the first three minutes.
After that score, though, the Stags’ offense hit a bad stretch, with quarterback Ryan Willis throwing two interceptions before the end of the first quarter.
But the Stags bounced back and scored three touchdowns in the second quarter. The longest of them was a connection from Willis to running back Dawson Downing for a 41 yard touchdown.
Miege’s defense was on top of its game Friday, not allowing a single point in the first half and giving Miege a 35-0 lead going into intermission.
Willis threw 10-19 passing with 213 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, along with the two interceptions.
Downing ran the ball well with 187 rushing yards on 20 carries. Downing ran in two touchdowns while hauling in a receiving touchdown as well.
Holmes said securing home field playoff advantage with a win next week would be huge for the Stags.
“We have one of the best stadiums in the city to play in,” Holmes said. “Twenty two seniors on our team are looking forward to another game and I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting them ready for next week’s game.”
Miege takes on Sumner Academy next week to and will be looking to sweep district play and continue their undefeated season.