Regional Football: Mill Valley, St. James advance
Mill Valley displayed its prowess throughout the regular season, and that trend continued on Friday night as the Jaguars opened the postseason with a resounding 49-0 home victory over Leavenworth in the Class 5A regional playoffs.
The No. 1 state-ranked Jaguars scored 28 points in the opening quarter and never looked back on their way to the win. Mill Valley (9-1) will take on Pittsburg (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Pittsburg High School in the sectional round.
The Jaguars got the scoring started with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Logan Koch to Christian Jegen. Koch added a 55-yard pass to Brady Garrison, and Jegen broke off an 80-yard run to put Mill Valley up 21-0.
Koch scored on a four-yard run, found Garrison for 16-yard touchdown pass and connected with Jegen on a 96-yard score to give the Jaguars a 42-0 advantage at the intermission. Koch added a 13-yard touchdown pass to Luke Krull in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
Jegen finished the game with 251 yards of total offense — including 148 receiving and 103 rushing — and three touchdowns. Koch completed 10 of 12 passes for 263 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Ike Valencia rushed for 73 yards on eight carries, and Krull caught five passes for 54 yards and a score.
St. James topples Lansing
St. James also advanced in the Class 5A regional playoffs, defeating Lansing 41-20 on the road. The Thunder (9-1) will square off against St. Thomas Aquinas (8-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in the sectional round.
St. James is the home team for the matchup, but since the Thunder usually plays its home games at STA, a different location will likely be selected.
Andrew Bierbaum led the way for the Thunder against Lansing, hauling in three touchdown catches. Jake Burgmeier was also a force for St. James with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Lawrence crushes SM North
Shawnee Mission North (3-7) saw its season come to an end on Friday night with a 56-32 road loss to No. 1 state-ranked Lawrence (10-0) in the Class 6A regional playoffs.
The Indians were led by quarterback Will Schneider, who piled up 443 yards of total offense — including 120 on the ground and 323 through the air — and four touchdowns. Marcos Garcia was the team’s leading rusher, gaining 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Parker Williamson caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Dalton Morris hauled in 10 passes for 126 yards and a score.
De Soto falls to Paola
De Soto also saw its season come to a close on Friday night, losing to Paola 38-21 on the road in the Class 4A-I regional playoffs. The Wildcats (6-4) handed the Panthers (9-1) their only loss during the regular season with a 23-7 victory.
De Soto made significant strides in 2015, rebounding from a 3-6 season the year before.
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.