Tonganoxie shut out by Mill Valley at home
When Class 5A Mill Valley paid a visit Friday to Beatty Field, Tonganoxie High knew it was in for a stiff test. The climb proved too steep from the very beginning, as the Chieftains sputtered in a 59-0 loss.
Mill Valley’s Skyler Windmiller completed 9-of-10 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half — and Mill Valley jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter to set the tone early.
THS (1-3, 1-2 Kaw Valley League) had a promising start when junior Cole Holloway had runs of 12 and 11 yards on the opening drive, but the Chieftains were forced to punt when the drive stalled and Mill Valley took full advantage.
The Jaguars (3-1, 3-0 Kaw Valley) scored touchdowns on their first two offensive plays when Windmiller hooked up with freshman Christian Jegen from 74 yards out, then found fellow senior Staton Rebeck for a 47-yard strike. Rebeck added a punt return for a touchdown to give his squad a 21-0 lead just 5:15 into the first quarter.
“The first (score) was tough,” THS coach Al Troyer said. “We were right there, but (Windmiller) just threaded the needle. We just didn’t recover from that.”
MVHS extended its lead to 28-0 by the end of the period on a 36-yard touchdown run by junior Nick Wilson. Windmiller and Rebeck hooked up again in the second quarter — this time from 16 yards out — giving Windmiller his third touchdown pass of the night.
Windmiller, who didn’t play after halftime, didn’t throw an incompletion until late in the second quarter.
“He has just continued to improve,” Jaguar coach Joel Applebee said of the senior quarterback. “When you put in hard work, it shows on the field, so that’s exciting to see.”
Connor Mills added a 36-yard field goal and T.J. Midiros returned an interception 35 yards for a score, helping the Jaguars a 45-0 lead at the break.
Windmiller was replaced by freshman Logan Koch for the duration of the second half. Koch totaled 110 rushing yards and two scores on just 11 carries in the second half.
Freshman running back Austin Ettinger led the Chieftains (1-3, 1-2) with six carries for 56 yards — both career-highs. He gave THS its biggest play of the night on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“Some young kids did well moving the ball at the end, so that’s a plus,” Troyer said.
Holloway, the Chieftains’ leading rusher this season, carried 15 times for 44 yards, but had just one carry after halftime.
The win was the third in a row for Mill Valley, which has outscored KVL opponents by a 162-13 margin. Meanwhile, the Chieftains dropped their third straight game. The Jaguars will travel Friday to Bonner Springs, while Tonganoxie will play host to Bishop Ward for homecoming.
“We’ve got to start over,” Troyer said. “Our kids will bounce back. You have to say you believe in what you do and have confidence in your kids. We’ve got to be able to wash this one away.”
Score by quarters
Mill Valley 28 17 14 0 — 59
Tonganoxie 0 0 0 0 — 0
MVHS — Christian Jegen 74 pass from Skyler Windmiller (Connor Mills kick), 9:58
MVHS — Staton Rebeck 47 pass from Miller (Mills kick), 8:02
MVHS — Rebeck 50 punt return (Mills kick), 6:45
MVHS — Nick Wilson 36 run (Mills kick), 3:01
MVHS — Rebeck 16 pass from Windmiller (Mills kick), 10:47
MVHS — Mills 36 field goal, 3:46
MVHS — T.J. Midiros 35 interception return (Mills kick), 2:26
MVHS — Logan Koch 45 run (Mills kick), 5:42
MVHS — Koch 13 run (Mills kick), 2:32
MVHS: Logan Koch 11-110, Nick Wilson 14-74, Skyler Windmiller 2-10, Isaiah Young 5-7, Staton Rebeck 1-3; THS: Austin Ettinger 6-56, Cole Holloway 15-44, Maleak Gibson 2-(-1), Eric Tate 1-(-3), Tyler Ford 5-(-4).
MVHS: Windmiller 9-10-0 212; THS: Carl Hecht 3-7-0 22, Ford 2-11-1 8.
MVHS: Rebeck 4-83, Christian Jegen 1-74, L.J. Hatch 2-28, Alec Donn 2-27; THS: Tate 2-17, Tyler Hammond 1-11, Brett Shelton 1-1, Jared Sommers 1-1.