Just too much

By Ryan Wallace PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 2, 2017 - 12:23 AM

It was the season opener Blue Valley couldn’t wait to begin and by halftime it became the game the Tigers couldn’t wait to finish.

A rivalry that has recently determined the EKL champion on a regular basis, Bishop Miege dominated Blue Valley from start to finish 55-10 in an emotional return to the gridiron for the visitors from Stilwell.

After the stunning death of head coach Eric Driskell, a beloved teacher and alum of the high school, newly appointed leader Allen Terrell rallied a largely inexperienced group for the 2017 season. Like so many schools and coaches around the area on Friday night, both sides sported the black “Live Like Champions” t-shirts honoring Driskell’s legacy as a mentor.

Early on, the Blue Valley defense held strong and forced a turnover on downs on the opening possession. From there, the spirit of the black and gold dwindled.

With just over eight minutes remaining in the opening quarter, senior linebacker Dylan Downing hit running back Alex Totta near the line of scrimmage at the Blue Valley 25-yard line, forcing a fumble. The turnover led to a Brison Cobbins score from 15-yards away just moments later to give the Stags a lead they’d never relinquish.

“Very proud of how the kids played and came out,” head coach Jon Holmes said after the game, still wearing his Driskell t-shirt. “We knew it would be an emotional start to the game and we were going to have to try and play hard and get some scores. We were able to do that early and it kind of loosened some things up for us.”

“I liked how our line played,” Cobbins said of an offense that overcame early penalties to dominate the trenches. “We’ve got like three new linemen and even though we’re young we’re still going to be a good team this year.”

Cobbins would put on a show on the ground for an offense typically paced through the air. Aside from a Jasir Cox interception return for six in the first quarter, it was Cobbins who accounted for most of the Miege scoring, including a 98-yard scamper that put the home side up 21-0 with 11:26 left before halftime.

Blue Valley would manage to get on the scoreboard thanks to the foot of senior Jackson Likens, making it 21-3 after a Tigers drive stalled on the 9-yard line following a 73-yard connection from junior quarterback Walker Kinney to junior receiver Shane Bergeman. However it was all Miege from there on, adding two more scores in under three minutes to make it 35-3 at the break. 

“I think a really, really good football team at home got ahold of us,” a somber Terrell stated following the loss. “Things snowballed for us and we are an inexperienced football team, but Bishop Miege provided the pressure. That’s pretty much what it was.”

Miege will entertain Gardner-Edgerton next week before a massive battle at St. Thomas Aquinas on September 15.

For Blue Valley, the Tigers will look to rebound from one of their worst losses in years by facing Blue Valley West on home soil at Blue Valley District Stadium.