By Ryan Wallace, Preps KC staff writer
If not for a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brody Flaming to Logan Talley with 6:49 left in the second quarter, Mill Valley might have gone to the visiting locker room at Bishop Miege down 50-0 to the Stags at halftime on a crisp Friday night. Yes, it was that kind of evening for the No. 1 team in 4A-I, as Miege triumphed in their EKL finale by a score of 64-21.
“That’s big for us,” said head coach Jon Holmes on winning the campaign’s last league battle. “Our seniors finished the EKL 24-3 in their four years and that’s one thing we talked about all week; we wanted to get to 5-1.”
“It was homecoming, it was the seniors’ last EKL game, and Mill Valley’s a great team so we wanted to come out with a lot of energy and play well.”
The offensive balance of offensive coordinator Justin Hoover’s play calling was on full display for the EKL newcomers throughout the early goings. A lively group from the opening snap, the Stags’ seven touchdowns in the first half were scored by five different players, with the opening three coming on the ground and the final four through the air.
Sharing in the rushing jubilation was the trio of junior Cameron Clark (four-yard touchdown), sophomore Ta’Von Tusa (29-yard touchdown), and freshman Brison Cobbins (19-yard touchdown). Passing wise, Missouri commit Jafar Armstrong quieted a vocal visiting student section with a 26-yard touchdown reception of his own to make it 28-0 late in the first quarter, before junior quarterback Carter Putz found his favorite connection of the night, Landry Weber, for highlight-reel touchdown receptions of 26, 42, and 86-yards in the opening half alone.
“I had my career best game last week, so it’s tough to try and repeat that but I guess I got it done,” said a smiling Weber, who added another one-handed score on a bullet from Putz in the third quarter, marking back-to-back four-touchdown performances. “Mill Valley’s the new team in the conference and we wanted to show them what we’re all about. We don’t just win state because we’re some 4A team- we’re a good team. We wanted to prove that to them.”
“We felt like we had some good match-ups in man-to-man with good routes and we challenged our wide outs, challenged Carter Putz, and challenged our offensive line to come out and win those battles,” added Holmes, whose team’s final touchdown came courtesy of junior Quinn Schieber. “With Landry though, he’s pretty special and he’s starting to show that. You know, defenses are going to try and put a safety over Armstrong and we’re able to make them pay for that with (Weber).”