Lightning strikes a third time
Jaguars continue winning ways by beating KC-Piper, 17-13
Kansas City, Kan.- It may have taken awhile, but the Mill Valley Jaguars eventually got to play their game against Kansas City-Piper.
Thunderstorms Friday caused the game to be played the following day in cold, wet conditions. The weather didn't dampen the Mill Valley spirit, however, as Mill Valley won its third straight game, 17-13.
"I think we were more ready to play and more pumped up before the game on Friday night, but we still did pretty well," said sophomore running back Chris Vanlerberg.
The Jaguars started strong, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run by senior running back Justin Cobb in the first quarter. However, at the end of the first half, the team was down 10-7 after a 20-yard touchdown by Piper running back T.J. Davis and a 29-yard field goal by kicker John Beck.
"It seemed like it took us a while to warm up, but we caught on to their offense. The defensive line and linebackers shut down their running really well as the game progressed," said senior wide receiver/defensive back Cody Plummer.
The Jaguars held Piper to three points in the second half. Meanwhile, they went on to score on a 1-yard touchdown by Vanlerberg and a 23-yard field goal by kicker Jake Wheat.
Piper's points came on a 53-yard field goal by Beck.
"Vanlerberg and (John) Goodin both had great games for us rushing, but they couldn't have done it without great blocking from the line," Plummer said. "Our defense, overall, had a great game, but our outside linebackers came up with some huge plays in the end."
Vanlerberg had 135 yards on 13 carries and the touchdown, which put the Jaguars in the lead for good. He is the third different player to top the 100-yard plateau in rushing this season.
"I think I played all right. I ran hard, but I didn't hit the holes that well. Goodin did really well to open up the outside," Vanlerberg said.
On Friday, the Jaguars travel to Basehor-Linwood to face off with Bobcats in their Homecoming game. Basehor is coming off of a 14-13 win over league opponent Santa Fe Trail. The game wasn't decided until the closing minutes when Basehor converted a 2-point conversion in the closing minutes.
"We watched them on film and they're a good-sized team," said assistant coach Eric Thomas. "They must be a decent team, since they beat Santa Fe Trail and no one really walks over them. They must be a really scrappy team," said Mill Valley assistant coach Eric Thomas.