Braves run record to 4-1 with win over Jaguars
The Bonner Springs football team is 4-1 for the first time in well, a long time.
Team statisticians said the year was 1996, Lew Kasselman's first on the Bonner Springs sidelines.
"This is just a piece of it all," Kasselman told his team after the 27-10 win over Mill Valley.
The Braves are preparing for Immaculata (0-5) who beat them last season. Film was at 9 a.m. Saturday and likely included a dose of Jonathan Walker's runs against Mill Valley.
Walker was the difference maker in the game. He rushed 19 times for 162 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
At times, Walker looked he was going to be tackled for a loss, but managed to make the Mill Valley defenders miss.
He scored his first touchdown in the second quarter to give his team a 14-3 lead.
On his third-quarter touchdown run, Walker dodged a would-be tackler and rushed 63 yards for the touchdown, which was his second of the game. The score gave his team a 27-10 lead, and was the final score of the game.
Kasselman said it was a complete win.
"Four quarters is what it took, you came out, made a statement and got after them," Kasselman said to his team after the game. "They were a good team."
The Braves' first half play setset them apart.
Zach Cohorst's sack Mill Valley quarterback Tanner Rainbolt to end the first half end the half with Bonner Springs leading leading 21-10.
Earlier in the half, Mill Valley quarterback Luke Lawyer injured his collarbone on the first series of the game and was replaced by Tanner Rainbolt.
Nicholas Woods, who has been battling nagging leg injuries, rushed just two times in the first half.
As a result, the Jaguars' offense featured Zak King who rushed the football 10 times and scored a touchdown in the second quarter. He also got the Jaguars on the board early in the first quarter by making a field goal
The kick followed a Bonner Springs fumble on the second play from scrimmage and gave Mill Valley the ball deep in Braves territory.
After the kickoff, a King touchback, Bonner Springs offensive line began to control the line of scrimmage.
Braves running backs plowed through holes for five yards at a time and the drive ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Jock to Byron Williams. Ryan Bush made the extra point.
Mill Valley failed to pick up a first down on its next possession.
Bonner Springs drove the ball 89 yards and Walker scored his first touchdown of the game from eight-yards out.
Mill Valley answered with a 60-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the play clock. It was a steady diet of King running the football and scored the aforementioned touchdown with 2:52 to play in the quarter.
Bonner concluded the half with another long scoring drive that ended with a Jock touchdown run.
Aside from Walker's score in the third quarter, neither team scored in the second half.
The loss was disappointing for the Jaguars who struggled to stop Bonner Springs throughout the game. Coach George Radell said his team has got to regroup.
"We can't be thinking about this game on Monday," Radell said. "We just have to go on."
The two teams are now tied for the Kaw Valley League lead along with Lansing who is also 4-1.
Mill Valley travels to Lansing on Friday. Bonner Springs plays host to Immaculata at 7 p.m..
The game is homecoming for the Braves.