Mill Valley routs Turner, 48-7
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Sophomore quarterback Logan Koch took the second hand-off of the game 73 yards up the right side, leaving a trail of awe in his wake.
Later on, in the third quarter, he outran would-be tacklers and finished a 37-yard touchdown with an emphatic dive. Most quarterbacks would have settled for a first down, but Mill Valley had one who could single-handedly beat out Turner’s fastest defensive backs on the way to a 48-7 victory.
"What's the word?” coach Joel Applebee said. “He's just hard to explain."
Koch was more verb than adjective Friday night anyway. Hyper-mobile quarterbacks usually have different motives for how they dominate with their legs. Some love the thrill of the game, others run out of fear. Koch’s thought process goes back to fundamentals.
"Just do whatever you got to do to get in the end zone," he said.
Koch finished with a much lighter running load than in the season opener, but he was just as effective in running for 220 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns. In the air, he completed 5 of 6 passes for 122 yards including a 65-yard touchdown to sophomore Cole Morris. But Koch will be the first to say that there is a long way for him to go. For example, on third-and-goal from the three in the third quarter, Koch quickly opted to run the ball in himself. He got the touchdown, however, after he had plenty of time to go through his reads and find an open receiver.
"Sometimes, I take it down too early,” Koch said. “If I improve passing, I can be a really good quarterback."
Because of the blowout and injuries, the Jaguars got to see some new faces against the Bears. Junior Isaiah Young took over running back duties for the injured Nick Wilson and had an efficient night with 80 yards and a touchdown. And with junior quarterback Ty Bruce sidelined with a minor injury, senior Dylan Cole got his debut under center as did sophomore Noah Callahan. Granted, Mill Valley was busy milking the clock at that point, but Applebee was glad to finally see Cole get out on the field.
"We'd like to work him into some certain types of situations at quarterback,” Applebee said.
Amid all the offensive explosions during the night, Mill Valley’s defense should get a lot of credit for setting up scores. Aside from senior Henry Midyett’s pick six, the Jaguar defense recovered a fumble and held the Bear offense at bay on multiple fourth-down tries. They all ended with scores.
Mill Valley (2-0) will play at Basehor-Linwood (1-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday.