Mill Valley, Turner bow out in Class 5A football playoffs
Mill Valley and Turner both advanced to the Class 5A football state quarterfinals in 2008, and both squads returned to the 2009 playoffs with lofty expectations.
Those goals didn’t pan out for either squad. Mill Valley lost to St. Thomas Aquinas, 47-21, Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Turner lost to Shawnee Heights, 14-10.
Mill Valley (6-4) entered its game as a heavy underdog against 2008 state runner-up Aquinas (9-1), but the Jaguars made things interesting for most of the first half. The Jaguars forced the Saints to turn the ball over on their second play from scrimmage when Trevor Rainbolt returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown. MVHS led 14-7 early in the second quarter, but STA scored two touchdowns in the final 2:16 of the first half and led 20-14 at halftime.
The Saints pulled away early in the second half and advanced to the state quarterfinals.
A Turner victory would’ve pitted the Golden Bears (8-2) against Aquinas, but they were unable to get past Shawnee Heights (4-6), falling 14-10.
Heights scored on a first-quarter touchdown, but Turner tied the game with a touchdown of its own in the second quarter.
The game remained tied, 7-7, at halftime.
Turner kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Heights scored a late touchdown and secured its first playoff win in 35 years.
Instead of colliding in the quarterfinals, neither Mill Valley nor Turner advanced past week one of the playoffs.
Basehor-Linwood and Piper lost their first-round games in Class 4A three days earlier, meaning no Kaw Valley League teams are still standing in the postseason.