Local football players selected to all-state teams
The Mill Valley High School football team made history by winning the program’s first state championship last month, and the postseason accolades continued to pour in for the Jaguars this week with the announcement of the Kansas Football Coaches Association all-state teams.
In Class 5A, the Jaguars had three selections: Quarterback Logan Koch, wide receiver Christian Jegen and defensive lineman Anthony Brown, all seniors.
Koch was the pilot for Mill Valley’s high-powered offense this season, throwing for 2,483 yards and 32 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. He was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 781 yards and 13 scores.
Jegen, the Kansas Gatorade Football Player of the Year, caught 65 passes for 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns. In addition to his contributions in the passing game, Jegen also collected 824 rushing yards and 14 more touchdowns.
Brown was a menace in the trenches for the Jaguars, piling up 62 total tackles, including 17 for loss. He also posted three sacks, 22 quarterback hurries, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Brown scored one touchdown, returning an interception 22 yards for a score against Derby.
Jaguars coach Joel Applebee was named Class 5A Coach of the Year for guiding Mill Valley to a 12-1 overall record. The Jaguars outscored their opponents 551-177 this season and have a combined record of 48-16 since Applebee took the reigns.
Also making the cut for the Class 5A all-state team was St. James Academy senior linebacker Nick Pate. Pate led the Thunder, which finished 9-2, with 89 total tackles, including 66 solo stops. He also forced and recovered a fumble.
In Class 2A, Maranatha Christian Academy senior offensive lineman Ben Kynion made the all-state team. He was the anchor for an Eagles offense that averaged 156 rushing yards per game and six yards per carry.
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.