Andale faced perhaps the toughest test on football state championship day, taking on the state’s top-ranked team in Bishop Miege for the Class 4A-Division I tirle on Saturday.
And in the second quarter Andale was right there, trailing by five points after Easton Hunter’s 2-yard touchdown run. But Andale didn’t find the end zone again, and Miege collected its fourth consecutive state title with a 47-7 victory.
Andale cut the deficit to 12-7 after a 12-yard run by Sawyer Simon on fourth down kept the drive alive, setting up Hunter’s scoring play.
“I thought when we got it 12-7, we had a shot there,” Andale coach Dylan Schmidt said.
Miege quarterback Carter Putz responded by connecting with Peyton Hamrick for a red zone score, and a 66-yard pass to Daniel Jackson that put Miege ahead 26-7 at halftime.
Down three touchdowns, Andale’s offense struggled to make gains.
“We struggled to run it a little bit,” Schmidt said “Penalties and dropped pitches and different things like that, you can’t do that against a good football team. You have to be able to move the chains and we weren’t able to do that. We had a lot of third and longs. There’s not a lot of good play calls for third and long.”
Putz led Miege’s offense with 303 passing yards while rushing for 106 yards, accounting for five of the Stags’ touchdowns. Miege moved the chains with ease and compiled 581 yards. The Indians totaled less than 200 yards.
Miege, which plays a regular-season schedule full of 5A and 6A teams, finished the season 13-0. The beat 6A champion Blue Valley North, and 5A runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas.
“Each week we’re in this thing, we’re able to make some plays and play some games where we need to have a good game plan to win and it was no different today,” Miege coach Jon Holmes said. “We treated (today) like another game for us. You could tell our kids were under control and calm the whole time and it showed today.…
“Teams are going to throw the kitchen sink at you,” Holmes said. “Guys are going to know how to get up every single week. There’s times during the season where you can have a week or two as an off-week. We can’t do that and that’s really big here as the playoffs come to know that we had to play the best we had to.”
When Miege was going up against the 5A and 6A schools, the Stags had to pay more attention to the little details, sophomore wide receiver Jackson said.
“We prepare the same every week,” Jackson said. “When we go against the (5A and 6A) competition, it’s very different. Those games taught us to play a little harder and come out crisper.”
Miege sophomore cornerback Jaylen Scruggs came down with two interceptions, highlighting the Stags’ second half shutout.
BM–Crobbins 1 run (kick missed)
BM–Clark 2 pass from Putz (two-point conversion failed)
A–Hunter 2 run (kick good)
BM–Hamrick 5 pass from Putz (kick good)
BM–Jackson 66 pass from Putz (kick good)
BM–GIlkey 18 pass from Putz (kick good)
BM–Putz 3 run (kick good)
BM–Clark 1 run (kick good)
Rushing–Miege, Putz 16-106, Clark 14-90, Cobbins 11-63, Jackson 2-16, Gilkey 1-3, Andale, Simon 12-44, Jansen 10-36, Baalman 8-23, Hunter 11-17, Mohr 1-5, Marx 1-2
Passing–Miege, Putz 18-22-4-303, Andale, Hunter 4-8-44, Baalman 4-8-21.
Receiving–Miege, Jackson 5-123, Schieber 3-64, Clark 5-46, Wesley 1-19, Gilkey 1-18, Cobbins 1-18, Powell 1-10, Hamrick 1-5, Andale, Bruce 4-30, Jansen 1-23, Marx 1-11, Simon 2-1