Jaguars win first playoff game since 2008

Mill Valley defeats the Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints 38-6 in their playoff game to become 10-0

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For only the second time in school history, the Jaguars came out with a win in their first state playoff game. Mill Valley beat the Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints 38-6 on Friday, Nov. 8 in a muddy battle to remain undefeated this season.

The Saints put the first points on the board with a field goal, after being held to a fourth and goal at the one-yard line. The score was 3-0 with 5:45 in the first quarter.

Senior kicker Connor Mills believes that the team played a very good game.

“We played well. We were determined to win to prove we could make it past the first round,” Mills said.

To end the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Logan Koch ran the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line. The extra point by Mills was good, putting the Jaguars ahead 7-3.

An interception by senior linebacker Micah Clarke early in the second quarter gave the Jaguars a first and ten at the Saints 41-yard line. After multiple carries by sophomore wide receiver Christian Jegen, and Koch, the Jaguars settled for a field goal attempt on a fourth down. The field goal by Mills was good, making the score 10-3, with 7:06 to play in the first half.

On the Saints’ next possession, the Jaguars recovered a loose ball giving the Jaguars a first and ten at the Saints’ 15-yard line. A two-yard carry by Koch resulted in another Jaguar touchdown. The extra point by Mills was good, extending the Jaguars lead to 17-3 with 5:18 left in the first half.

The Jaguars put seven more points on the board to end the first half. A 17-yard pick six run by Clarke gave the Jaguars another touchdown. After the extra point by Mills, the Jaguars led 24-3 at halftime.

The Jaguars found the end zone again in the beginning of the second half with an 18-yard pass from Koch to Jegen. The extra point by Mills was good, to keep the Jaguars ahead 31-3 with 2:38 in the third quarter.

Mill Valley secured their win with another touchdown pass from Koch to Jegen. The 28-yard pass was followed by an extra point by Mills, keeping the Jaguars up 38-3 with six seconds to play in the third quarter.

Aquinas finished off the scoring of the night with a 24-yard field goal, ending the game with a Jaguar victory, 38-6.

Mills said that the team couldn’t be happier about their victory.

“[In the locker room] we were so happy. We were going crazy, we were happy to get our first playoff win in awhile,” Mills said.

Mill Valley will play the Blue Valley High School Tigers at Blue Valley this Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. A win will put the Jaguars in the semi-finals of the 5A state bracket.

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