Jaguars win first football game against Manhattan, 26-21

Mill Valley avenges last season's loss in home opener

The Jaguars won their first game of the season Friday, Sept. 6, 26-21 at home against the Manhattan High School Indians.

Senior middle linebacker TJ Phillips said that this game was a huge win [after] the team put in a ton of work in the offseason.

“They’re a 6A team and beat us last year,” Phillips said. “This was a great start to the season. This win is going to set the pace for the rest of the season.”

The Indians scored the first touchdown of the game after they intercepted a pass at the Jaguars five-yard line. The score was 7-0, Indians, with 11:12 left in the first quarter.

After numerous small-yard gains, sophomore quarterback Logan Koch scored on a one-yard run with 4:51 left in the first quarter. The score became 7-6, Indians, after senior kicker Connor Mills missed the extra point.

The second quarter started with a touchdown pass from Koch to sophomore wide receiver Christian Jegen on second and eight with 10:20 left in the first half. The score became 12-7, Jaguars, after a failed two-point conversion.

Senior corner TJ Midiros carried to the 15-yard line for a first down after an incomplete pass by the Indians. Junior running back Ty Bruce gained six yards with 9:26 left in the first half, which brought the Jaguars to second and six. Koch then carried in an 11-yard touchdown, which brought the score to 19-7, Jaguars, after Mills made the extra point.

Neither the Jaguars nor the Indians added points in the third quarter.

With 6:32 left in the game, Koch scored on a 30-yard run to bring the score to 26-7, Jaguars, after the extra point by Mills was good.

The Indians returned the Jaguar’s kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown with 6:17 left in the game. The score became 26-14, Jaguars, after the extra point was good.

The Indians scored again at first and goal with 2:12 left in the game. The score became 26-21, Jaguars, after the extra point was good.

The game ended with Koch taking a knee at third and 10 with 24 seconds left in the game.

The Jaguars next game will be at Turner on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Phillips said that a few adjustments need to be made for next week’s game to prevent quick scoring by the opponent.

“The defense was on the field a lot Friday night and everybody was starting to get tired,” Phillips said. “Manhattan put together a good drive at the end to score, so we will keep conditioning this week at practice for next weeks game.”

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