Mill Valley kicked the game into another gear after St. James Academy took a four-point lead with 3 minutes, 3 seconds left in the second quarter on Friday night in the game played at St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Jaguars scored the game’s next 35 points and throttled St. James Academy 45-14, knocking the Thunder from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Mill Valley improved its record to 6-1 and 1-0 in Kansas Class 5A district play.
“We had to focus on our jobs,” Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee said. “We did a great job in the second half.”
Mill Valley started the game at their own 43-yard line after a short kickoff by St. James Academy.
Mill Valley moved the football 57 yards in just seven plays, ending with senior Christian Jegen rolling into the endzone from the 1-yard line with 40.4 seconds remaining in the first half.
Mill Valley senior quarterback Logan Koch said: “We got out of our game in the first half. We made adjustments at halftime.
“We threw the ball more and we knew we could stretch them out deep.”
Mill Valley received the second-half kickoff and began a drive at their own 26-yard line after a short kick. The Jaguars moved the ball 74 yards in just eight plays. Koch completed five-of-five passes for 64 yards during the drive. The Jaguars’ touchdown came on a 23-yard pass to Jegen, with 9:05 left in the third quarter.
Jegen, who is listed as a wide receiver, played most of the second half as a running back.
Mill Valley scored again after a St. James Academy punt. Mill Valley got the ball on their own 8-yard line, then moved the ball 92 yards in nine plays. The Jaguars’ next touchdown came on a long pass from Koch to 6-foot, 7-inch wide receiver Luke Krull. The pass found Krull at the 5-yarrd line on the left side with no defender really close to him.
Mill Valley just needed one play after Jegen returned a St. James Academy punt to the St. James 20-yard line. The Jaguars were penalized 10 yards back to the 30-yard line, but Jegen raced the distance in one play for a touchdown.
Mill Valley made it 35 consecutive points after senior defensive lineman Anthony Brown intercepted a pass at the St. James Academy 27-yard line.
Jegen got the touchdown on the fourth play of the drive from the 4-yard line with 5:06 remaining in the game.
St. James Academy, which lost for the first time this season, trailed 10-0 with 10:39 left in the first half. The Thunder scored 14 consecutive points to lead 14-10 with 3:03 left in the half.
Koch finished the game, completing 21-of-27 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Jegen caught eight passes for 105 yards.