Stags buck Basehor-Linwood 63-0 in playoff opener

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By Brennan Dial

Bishop Miege on Friday showed Basehor-Linwood why they’ve earned the number one ranking among 4A teams in Kansas.

The 7-2 Bobcats were the latest team to bear the brunt of the Stags’ offensive power, as Miege extended its winning streak this season to 10 games with a 63-0 drubbing that moves them into the second game of the playoffs.

The Stags showed off their high-power offense early, scoring on their first three drives and essentially putting the game out of reach by the end of the first quarter.

“Coach wanted us to be up 21-0 in the first and that is what we did,” junior wide receiver Danny Murphy said after the game.

Remarkably, Miege was able to top their play from the first quarter in the second, scoring another 28 unanswered points.

[pullquote]Miege coach Jon Holmes discusses his team’s dominating performance against Basehor-Linwood
Click the arrow to hear Miege coach Jon Holmes talk about his team’s focus in the playoff opening win.

[/pullquote]Miege coach Jon Holmes said his team to a “nothing guaranteed” attitude into the playoff opener, and was focused on its goal of advancing to the state title game.

“We challenge the guys you know we want to get a plaque every week.” Coach Holmes said after the game, “We have three more to get.”

Junior running back Dawson Downing scored the first two touchdowns of the game and tallied 77 yards before exiting the game with an injury. Junior running back Ray Vaca replaced Downing, and led the team in rushing yards at the end of the night. Vaca was able to haul in passes for an additional 56 yards and a receiving touchdown.

The offense for Miege totaled 467 total yard while just allowing 150 for Basehor-Linwood.

“It was a key football game for us,” said senior safety Keegan Wilson, “and we played our keys perfectly.”

The Stags will travel to Fort Scott next week to take on an 8-1 Tigers squad that beat Baldwin in its first playoff game.