The streak continues

By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: August 30, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes approached his team following its 33-21 victory over Blue Valley North on Friday night and before he could get into the ins and outs of the Stags victory, he simply said “how about that?”

Yes, how about that, coach.

It was just a regular Thursday night in the EKL where the four-time defending Kansas Class 4A state champion went on the road to play the defending Kansas Class 6A state champion in a week-one matchup that garnered plenty of attention.

Never mind Bishop Miege had to replace its quarterback and offensive coordinator coming into the season. Blue Valley North had plenty to replace as well returning just three offensive starters and two starters on defense.

But on Thursday night at Blue Valley District Activity Center, the Stags hardly missed a beat offensively as they extended their winning streak to 26 games and made a statement in the competitive Eastern Kansas League.

The opening night’s spotlight belonged to Bishop Miege (1-0, 1-0 EKL) junior running back Brison Cobbins. He racked up 202 yards on 23 carries and three rushing touchdowns of 8, 13, and 36 yards respectively.

“I was just making sure I was staying patient with the holes and read the blocks perfectly,” Cobbins said. “Give a lot of credit to my line.”

The Stags’ quarterback, senior Sam Pedrotti didn’t have a bad season debut either. He threw for touchdowns, including 39-yard pass to Phillipe Wesley to open the game. He later found Daniel Jackson for a 31-yard touchdown. He finished the game 10-17 for 129 yards.

“We knew what Sam Pedrotti was,” Holmes said. “He showed it tonight that he could make some plays.”

Despite four turnovers, including three interceptions by senior quarterback Graham Mertz, Blue Valley North (0-1, 0-1 EKL) had a chance to make it interesting in the final minutes.

Down 33-21 with under four minutes remaining in the game, Blue Valley North had an opportunity to cut into the lead but the Mustangs’ drive stalled inside the Miege 10-yard line ending hopes of a comeback.

“What I was worried about was exactly what happened and that’s week one mistakes,” said Blue Valley North coach Andy Sims. “If we’re going to improve to become the team I think we can be, we have to make improvement from this game to the next one.”

The game opened up with the teams trading scores and Blue Valley North actually lead 14-13 early in the second quarter. However, Bishop Miege responded with 12 play drive capped by a Cobbins touchdown. Then on the next series for the Mustangs, an interception of Mertz by senior linebacker Dylan Downing set up Cobbins’ second touchdown and the Stags never looked back.

Mertz finished the game 27-48 with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Downing was disruptive the entire evening, often pressuring Mertz to move out of the pocket and throw on the move. The Stags finished with five sacks totaling 23 yards.

“He’s one of the best quarterbacks around and you can’t give him time,” Downing said. “That was our big emphasis was to get him to move.”

Bishop Miege hosts Blue Valley West in its home opener next week, while Blue Valley North travels to Blue Valley.