Stags secure first 9-0 start to season in 20 years with win over Sumner

Coach Jon Holmes played every starter who dressed in Thursday's romp over Sumner Academy.
Coach Jon Holmes played every starter who dressed in Thursday’s romp over Sumner Academy.

By Brennan Dial

The Royals may not have been able to break their 29 year old World Series championship drought this week, but the Bishop Miege Stags were able to reclaim a milestone they hadn’t seen in 20 years.

With a 51-12 victory over Sumner Academy Thursday, this year’s Miege squad became the first in two decades to go 9-0.

[pullquote]Jon Holmes on Stags 9-0 start
Click the arrow to hear Bishop Miege Head Coach Jon Holmes discuss his team’s win over Sumner and his thoughts about the playoffs.

[/pullquote]The game got out of hand early, with Miege’s offense putting the undersized Sumner team on its heals from the start. With just a minute off the clock, junior running back Dawson Dowing broke away for a 38-yard touchdown that started the Stags’ first quarter scoring frenzy. That touchdown was followed by 30 points, including a safety on the Sabers second offensive possession of scrimmage, ensuring a Miege victory. The Stags pulled their starters and entered halftime with a 51-6 lead

Downing and sophomore Landry Webber each scored two rushing touchdowns. Freshman receiver Quinn Schieber led the Stags with 63 receiving yards on four catches, and sophomore Joe Gleason hauled in two touchdown catches.

After sweeping district play, the Stags now look to their first playoff game against Basehor-Linwood as they begin their hunt for the state title.

“[It’s now] win or go home,” said head coach Jon Holmes after the game. “And we don’t want to go home.” Holmes said the focus for his staff this week will be researching Basehor-Linwood.

“Some of our coaches have already began our playoff opponent one breakdown,” Holmes said. “We’ll continue that all weekend and have these guys ready for Friday night.”