Mill Valley completes district destruction, earns home playoff game


By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

For the Mill Valley Jaguars, there wasn't much left to prove in the regular season.

The team had dominated most of its opponents during the year, only losing the season-opener to a really good Manhattan football team.

However, the Jaguars may have saved the best for last when it comes to offensive domination. Mill Valley defeated Lansing 77-33, with Mill Valley's offense resembling an offense from Madden 2013 most of the night.

The Jaguars, in unofficial stats, totaled 626 yards on the night - including 373 rushing yards.

But it was Lansing that established an early lead. Khalil Bailey connected with Krystian Abbott on an 82-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.

Mill Valley responded as Mill Valley has often responded this season - with a bunch of points.

The Jaguars scored the next 28 points in the game, all four of which resulted from quarterback Skyler Windmiller.

Windmiller tied the game with an 11-yard touchdown on the ground. Later on in the first quarter, he found L.J. Hatch from 29 yards out to give Mill Valley its first and only necessary lead in the game.

Windmiller would pass for two more touchdowns by the time Lansing would get on the board again in the second quarter.

Lucas Mein scored from eight yards out to cut the lead down to 28-14.

But Mill Valley was just too much for the Lions defense.

Running back Kendall Short scored the first of his three touchdowns in the game, coming from six yards out. It would be the last touchdown of the first half, as Mill Valley took a 35-14 advantage into halftime.

In the second half, the flood gates exploded once again for the Jaguars offense. After a Lansing touchdown in the third quarter cut the led down to 35-21, the Jaguars offense kicked into video game mode.

Short scored his second touchdown of the game off a 68-yard touchdown pass from Windmiller. Short would add his second touchdown of the quarter - and third of the game - from four yards out to extend the lead to 49-21.

Windmiller scored his sixth and final touchdown of the game, this one coming on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Hatch.

Freshman Logan Koch added a couple of touchdowns in relief duty.

Windmiller finished the game 10-of-16 for 253 yards and five touchdowns. He added 106 rushing yards and one touchdown, with the stats coming courtesy of Preps KC.

Hatch was Windmiller's top target in the game, catching seven balls for 170 yards and three touchdown receptions.

And for Short, his hot month of production continues. He finished the game with 176 total yards (108 rushing on 13 attempts, one reception for 68 yards) and three touchdowns, giving him his third straight three-touchdown game.

Only the San Francisco Giants have had a better month of October than Short had. Short wrapped up the month with 11 touchdowns for the Jaguars.

Mill Valley outscored its opponents 471-139 during the regular season. Lansing, even in defeat, will be playing in the postseason.