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Jags win 5th consecutive 5A state football title, beating Kapaun 62-37

Team wins “one for the thumb” after outscoring the Crusaders 28-7 in the second half

Mill Valley defeated Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 62-37, for the 5A state football title Saturday, Nov. 25 in Pittsburg. The title was the school’s fifth straight and seventh in the last nine years.

Within the first 30 seconds, senior Davion Harris scored on a 35-yard pass play. After a defensive 3 and out, senior Jaden Scobee scored on a one-yard run, putting the Jags in the lead 13-0 in the first five minutes. 

“It felt amazing to get those two touchdowns in the first few minutes,” Scobee said. “Offensive line did a fantastic job all game by making giant holes that really made my job easy.” 

From there, Kapaun scored on its next three possessions, bringing the score to 13-16 at the end of the first quarter. But then Jags scored three more times, including rushing touchdowns by Scobee and sophomore Reggie Reece, and another TD catch by Harris, to take the lead at halftime, 34-30.

After halftime the team picked up the pace and scored three more touchdowns to Kapaun’s one touchdown, outscoring the Crusaders 28-7 to end the game and secure the 62-37 victory. Scobee scored two more rushing touchdowns, and senior quarterback Daniel Blaine also rushed for two touchdowns.

“I’ve been in the program for years and have grown up with these guys. I’ve played since second grade so seeing all of it play out is a really great feeling. We’ve definitely come a long way and all of our work has really paid off.”

— Senior Jaden Scobee

Senior Garrett Cronin shares what the team did to turn the game around after halftime. 

“The coaches told us to believe in ourselves, and we did,” Cronin said. “We really just stuck with it and kept playing and kept fighting until the end.”

Kapaun came into the game averaging 48.6 ppg to Mill Valley’s 46 ppg. The Jags put up 62 in the game, the most points ever scored in a Kansas 5A title game. Associate head coach Mike Strack said he could not have been more proud of the team and all of the hard work they have put in this season. 

“Obviously, anytime you win a title it’s special, it’s a phenomenal feeling,” Strack said. “I’ve never seen these kids play this hard. I’m so happy to get to celebrate this. Happy for our kids and our assistant coaches across the bar just worked so hard and it makes it all worth it.”

Scobee, who scored four touchdowns in the game while filling in for injured starter Tristan Baker, reflects on how he felt at the end of the game.

“It’s a great feeling,” Scobee said. “I’ve been in the program for years and have grown up with these guys. I’ve played since second grade so seeing all of it play out is a really great feeling. We’ve definitely come a long way and all of our work has really paid off.”

Cronin believed overtaking Kapaun offensively in the second half made the difference.

“In the first half we fought with them. And then in the second half, we just took it away,.” Cronin said. “It feels great. All the hard work and preparation. It really paid off in that state championship game and it feels great.”

The Jags are undefeated in state title games under head coach Joel Applebee. The team finished the season 11-2.

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Kaitlyn Hood, JAG reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Kaitlyn Hood’s first year on the JAG yearbook staff and she will be taking on the positions of writer and photographer. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she is likely in the kitchen baking. She loves spending time with family, painting, writing poetry, dreaming up stories or proudly showing off her Scottish heritage.
Thomas Helm, JAG photographer
This is junior Thomas Helm’s first year on the JAG yearbook staff and he will be taking on the position of photographer. When not working for the yearbook you can find him running cross country and track. Outside of school he enjoys playing golf, coaching baseball teams, playing video games, and listening to music.
Elizabeth Summa, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Elizabeth Summa’s third year on the JagWire staff and she will be taking the role of being a photographer. Outside of journalism, Elizabeth spends her time shopping, listening to music and watching sports. Her favorite team to watch is Sporting Kansas City.
Molly Griffin, JAG social media and managing editor
This is junior Molly Griffin's second year on the JAG yearbook staff and she will be taking on the position of co-social media and managing editor. When not in the C-101 you can find her participating in Relay for Life or at the MV softball field. Outside of school, you can find her playing on her club softball team, working at Pink Charming Boutique, or watching the sunset with her friends.
Luke Wood, JagWire photo editor
This is senior Luke Wood’s third year on the JagWire newspaper staff and he will be continuing in his role of photo editor. Outside of the JagWire staff, Luke works on his cars, plays video games  and plays baseball. Other activities Luke enjoys include listening to music, welding and riding jet skis. Luke is very excited to have fun in his last year in high school.

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