Hartman, Flaming fuel Mill Valley football to 38-19 win over BVNW
Overland Park Mill Valley quarterback Brody Flaming has only played two varsity games under center for the Jaguars, but he has already found his go-to receiver.
Flaming and senior wideout Ben Hartman connected for three touchdowns — all 47 yards or longer — to lead Mill Valley to a 38-19 victory Thursday over Blue Valley Northwest at the Blue Valley District Activities Complex.
"All summer, we've been working on it," Flaming said. "We've been working on our timing, and now we're just clicking. That's what happens when you throw every day, and you practice with each other every day."
The junior quarterback completed 20 of his 36 passes for 424 yards, and threw for four touchdowns to just one interception. Flaming also carried the ball 18 times for 81 yards.
"Brody has been stepping up really good and taking the challenge following Logan Koch last season," Hartman said.
While Flaming and the Mill Valley offense was firing on all cylinders for much of the game, it took a couple of drives for the Jaguars to get in sync. The Jaguar defense helped get the offense going, though, as the Mill Valley secondary picked off BV Northwest quarterback Jacob Clark three times in the first half.
Junior Evan Rice came up with the first of his two interceptions to set the Jaguars up on their first scoring drive. Sophomore Cameron Young put the Jaguars on the board first with just under three minutes left in the first quarter by finding the end zone from 5 yards out. Young averaged nearly 4.5 yards per carry, as he rushed for 88 yards on 20 attempts.
"That kid runs hard. He does not put down for anybody," Flaming said of Young. "He might not be the biggest running back out there, but he runs harder than any of them."
The Jaguars (2-0) added another scored just 66 seconds later after capitalizing on another BV Northwest turnover. Senior safety Joel Donn picked off Clark's pass over the middle, and the Flaming-to-Hartman connection struck on the next play for a 47-yard touchdown pass. Hartman hauled in eight catches for 240 yards to go along with his three touchdowns.
"We have to have that if we want to be successful," Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee said of the chemistry between Flaming and Hartman. "They're doing a great job. They've worked really hard at it, and it's starting to show on the field.".
While Hartman and Flaming were at the center of the long scoring plays, the Huskies had one of their own to cut the deficit in half 64 seconds later. After Clark junior hit tight end Jackson Heath down the sideline for a 30-yard pass and catch, BV Northwest running back Daeron Robinson found pay dirt a couple of plays later on a 38-yard touchdown run.
The score remained 14-7 for the next 15 minutes until Flaming pushed the Jaguars' lead back to two scores with 28 seconds left in the half when he fired a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior Brady Garrison.
After the Jaguars took a 21-7 lead going into the break, the Jaguar defense continued to tighten up in the second half. The Jaguars forced the Huskies to turn it over on downs three times in the third quarter, and also forced a fumble — which was recovered by Rice.
"I couldn't have done that without my team, though. They all had a part in it," Rice said. "Those two interceptions and that fumble, that was awesome. (They were) big game-changers, and that's what we're looking for every game. We're just working our butts off out there doing our jobs."
The only points of the third quarter came on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Flaming to Hartman. The senior wideout's final touchdown catch came less than two minutes into the fourth to give the Jaguars their largest lead of the game at 35-7.
"We push the tempo in practice every day, and that's what the coaches preach is just tempo wearing the defense down as you can tell," Hartman said. "In the second half, their defense was struggling and with all that hard work during the week, we feel fine. Brody keeps the offense going."
The Huskies (0-2) had two unanswered touchdowns from Heath and Robinson in the fourth. Heath had six receptions for 100 yards, while Robinson rushed it 19 times for 109. Applebee was still pleased overall with how his defense limited the Huskies offense from pointing more points on the board.
"They're a great team. Offensively, they have some tremendous skill players," Applebee said.
They really are a very good team, and that was one thing that we felt like defensively that we had to contain what they had skill wise and I thought our kids did a good job."
Mill Valley kicker Jack Matchette added a 31-yard field goal and was a perfect on his five extra points.
The Jaguars will go for their third straight win to open the season when they host Blue Valley Southwest at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.
SMNW falls to SM East, 48-6
Shawnee Mission Northwest running back Xavier Perry showcased his play-making ability for the second straight week, but it was not enough to push the Cougars past SM East, Thursday.
The Cougars (0-2) were in a 41-0 hole when Perry dashed 73 yards for his fourth touchdown of the season. The Lancers (2-0) went on to defeat SM Northwest, 48-6. Northwest will try to get in the win column against Grandview (Mo.) at 7 p.m. Thursday at SM North.