With drubbing of Piper, Miege punches ticket to 4A title game, could become first 14-0 team in school history

Miege_HelmetBy Brennan Dial

Bishop Miege continued its trend of punishing opponents with a never-in-doubt 62-7 drubbing of a single-loss Piper squad Friday that advances the Stags to the state 4A title game next week in Topeka where they’ll have the chance to become the first 14-0 team in school history.

Miege’s standout running back Dawson Downing continued to be just that, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the second quarter alone. Downing finished the night with five touchdowns and 136 rushing yards, one of his best performances of the year.

Miege tight end Chris Ford had an excellent night for the Stags as well, catching for 106 yards and a touchdown, his second 100-plus yard receiving effort of the year. Ford’s touchdown helped the Stags score 17 unanswered first quarter points.

Coach Jon Holmes said his team was operating efficiently Friday.

“This time of the year it is about making plays.” Head coach Jon Holmes said after the game, “Our guys have been able to do that.”

As they had all season, the defense played a huge part in the Stags’ victory, only allowing 97 total offensive yards. The Stags have given up just seven points in the playoffs.

“As a unit we all played unselfishly,” senior defensive end Peter Smardo said after the game. “When we are able to do that it allows us to play near perfect with the group of guys we have.”

Flying all over the field the defense was able to come away with two interceptions, one by senior safety Keegan Wilson who returned his for a touchdown that was negated by a holding call.

Pounding the ball with 22 carries as a team Piper was not able to get going on the offensive end, completing only 33 percent of their third down conversions and no fourth downs. Time of possession was never a problem during this game as the Stags were able to score on all drives except one through the whole night.

The Stags head to Topeka next weekend for the 4A State championship, where they’ll face an 11-1 Hayden High School team that beat Buhler 49-19 to advance to the final.

Should the Stags win, they would become the first 14-0 team in Stags history.

“Staying focused will be the easy thing for this team,” Smardo said about advancing to state. “We are finally at our destination all we have to do is play our game and execute to become state champs.”