After delay, Mill Valley blanks Basehor-Linwood, 38-0
Midway through the second quarter Mill Valley wide receiver Zach Hanna left his feet in the middle of the field after running a 10-yard in, extending a little upward with his left hand and hauled the ball in.
He made it look as easy as Derek Jeter making a barehanded throw to first in Mill Valley’s (3-0) 38-0 shutout of Basehor-Linwood (1-2).
Jaguar coach Joel Applebee was impressed.
“It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Holy … ,’” Applebee said.
The ball was slightly overthrown by quarterback Ty Bruce, who was filling in for a banged up Logan Koch.
“It was just a reaction,” Hanna said. “I didn’t think about it, I just went and did it and came down with it.”
He led all MVHS receivers with two receptions for 15 yards and the first touchdown of the game, which would be all the Jaguars needed.
The game was supposed to be played Thursday night, but with lightning in the area, the two teams decided to pack it in and try again the next day.
“We were focused to play on Thursday, but like I told the kids last night, what you can’t control, you can’t worry about,” Applebee said.
Had the game been played Thursday in the rain, the outcome might have slightly changed, but not enough to make a significant impact. There may have been more turnovers than the four total.
Bruce threw for 31 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-11 passing. He also ran for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Jaguar running back Nick Wilson bulldozed his way for 105 yards on 14 carries, which included a 30-yard touchdown in which he bounced off four defenders and raced to the left side of the end zone where he was met by the safety.
BLHS had difficulty getting anything going on offense and coach Steve Hopkins knew that might be the case.
It didn’t cross midfield until halfway through the third quarter — and that was because Mill Valley muffed a punt.
“We wanted to make them drive the ball (full field); we wanted to play field position,” Hopkins said. “When we did punt, we did well.”
His game plan coming in was to run the clock and punt the ball.
The Bobcats weren’t going to sit back and wait for the Jaguars to make a mistake; they were going to be aggressive. Tim Sanders threw for 72 yards on 5-of-10 passing for the Bobcats. Alex Jackson ran for 44 yards on 16 carries.
Broc Lindsay led all receivers with 51 yards on three receptions.