Undefeated Mill Valley used good defense in defeating St. Thomas Aquinas 38-6 on a muddy field Friday night at Mill Valley.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
The Jaguars, 10-0, just had one, long sustained drive but used their defense to produce four turnovers that resulted in points.
“They (defense) played outstanding,” Jaguar coach Joel Applebee said. “We won the battle up front and we were flying to the football and creating turnovers.”
The Saints got on the board first.
Junior running back Joel Edwards had a 43-yard run to the 2, but the Mill Valley defense stiffened and the Saints had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by senior Jeremy Collier.
The Jaguars came back with a 80-yard, eight play drive. Sophomore quarterback Logan Koch had a 63-yard run in the drive, and Koch got into the end zone on fourth down from the 1.
Senior linebacker Micah Clarke intercepted a pass early in the second quarter, giving the Jaguars the ball at Saints 41.
The drive stalled at the 12, but senior kicker Connor Mills booted a 30-yard field goal that made it 10-3.
On the Saints’ next possession, a bad snap resulted in a big pileup of players and a recovery by the Jaguars at the Aquinas 18.
Koch got the touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:18 left in the first half.
Clarke got his second interception, picking off a pass in the left flat and returning it 17 yards for the touchdown with just 52 seconds remaining until halftime.
The Jaguars scored twice in the third quarter.
The first drive just covered 18 yards after a bad snap on a punt. Koch found sophomore wide receiver Christian Jergen on the first play for the touchdown.
The same combination worked for a 28-yard touchdown pass with just 6 seconds remaining in the third quarter. That score capped a 48-yard drive.
The Jaguars will play Blue Valley, 7-3, next Friday at a site to be determined by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.