Playoff Preview: Bishop Miege not looking past Louisburg

Bishop Miege coach Joh Holmes talks with his team after a short practice on Monday afternoon.
Bishop Miege coach Joh Holmes talks with his team after a short practice on Monday afternoon.

When Bishop Miege is outscoring its opponents by 30.8 points per game, it’s easy to look ahead.

But the Stags, 9-1, aren’t the media and are focusing on the current opponent: Louisburg.

“We’re trying to take it one day at a time and be as best prepared as we can be and think about this game instead of the next couple of weeks,” junior quarterback Carter Putz said.

Coach Jon Holmes said what Putz said is what makes this team so good.

He said his players know in order to play for a state championship, they need to win each week at a time.

Miege, who is the two-time defending Class 4A-I state champion, will travel 35 miles south for a matchup with the Wildcats on Friday.

As of Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., the players didn’t know much about Louisburg, 8-2, but that changed after a light practice as they went and watched film.

“We know they’re a good football team and we’re going to have to prepare well this week and be ready for a dogfight down there,” Putz said. “We know they’re a big, physical team and it’s going to take a good game plan to go there and get a big ‘W.’”

Big, physical teams don’t scare the undersized Miege team, who saw bigger teams than them during the regular season in the Eastern Kansas League.

The coaching staff, Putz said, prepares the Stags for any opponent.

The staff will come in on Saturdays and break down the film, and then on Sundays the offense and defense will meet for about an hour and go over a basic game plan, tendancies.

“When Monday rolls around everything is ready to go,” Holmes said. “We polish it up Tuesday and Wednesday and then Thursday is our pregame.”

Holmes said Louisburg can grind the ball. They don’t pop a ton of big plays, but do have the capability to do so.

The Wildcats will want to sustain drives as long as it can and convert third downs to try and keep the potent Stags offense off the field.

Holmes said previous opponents try to take as much time off the clock by letting the play clock run down to one second before snapping the ball, but the defense can get a little jump because they know when the snap is coming.

“We told the defense we need to get stops and we need to get our offense on the field,” Holmes said. “Defensively, they’re going to line up in that base 4-3, they don’t bring a ton of pressure, but they’re physical up front. They’re always in the right spot to make plays.”

Louisburg runs the ball more than they throw, but Miege has done a great job of stopping the run.

“That’s a huge compliment to our league, because everybody in the league has that threat to do that,” Holmes said. “Every week we have to be ready to play. That helps our kids get focused every week because we see good running backs week in and week out.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.