Going to the gold

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

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Everything looked to be going right for Bishop Miege.

They were up 14-0 and pinned St. Thomas Aquinas on the 1-yard line near the end of the first quarter. The Saints hadn’t gotten anything going to that point. On the first play quarterback Tate Raboin ran to the left side of the line drawing defender to him. Raboin flipped the ball to his left as the defenders converged. The ball seemed to hang in the air for a minute before Tank Young caught it and raced for 25 yards.

With that the Saints offense was on its way. They would go 99 yards for a touchdown on that drive on their way to a 41-21 victory.

“Once we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot,” Aquinas head coach Randy Dreiling said, “there were yards to be had. You just can’t get behind the chains on these guys. They are a good team.”

This was the first time the Saints have beaten Miege in six seasons.

“This is big,” Saints defensive tackle Javier Derritt said. “We have been working toward this all four years I have been here. We have been working hard and it really paid off tonight.”

Derritt led the way corralling a potent Stags offense. He seemed to be in the Miege backfield most of the night.

“We play strong against the run,” Derritt said. “We knew stopping the run would be important tonight. Then the defensive backs wanted to keep everything in front of them and not let anything get deep. I think we did a pretty good job of that tonight.”

It would have been easy for the Saints to fold when they got down two touchdowns early in the game. However, they showed their strength, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“We played hard,” defensive coordinator Chad McKinnis said. “Our whole team played with a lot of heart and toughness. When our offense chews up clock, [the defense] just gets better.”

On offense the Saints were led by their stud running back Tank Young. Young had well over 100 yards and three touchdowns on the night. The offensive line was opening up holes all over the place.

“They are the best,” Young said. “They are easily the biggest line I have played behind. They are smart and know what to do.”

Raboin doesn’t have to throw often in the Saints offense, but he completed a big one when it mattered most. On the first Aquinas possession of the second half in a tie ball game, Raboin dropped back and found Joe O’Leary down the seam. The senior put a perfect pass right in the O’Leary’s had for a 40 yard go ahead touchdown. The Saints never looked back. 

At halftime it looked like fans were going to be in for a classic. At the end of the first quarter it looked like Miege was going to run away.

“I thought we did some things different,” Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes said. “We forced them to make some adjustments. They are a really really good football team, and they made those adjustments.”