Tigers repeat 24-21 win over Bishop Meige, advance to Substate

Jordan McEntee, Sports Editor

24-21 seems to be a popular score in football games between the Tigers of Blue Valley and the Stags of Bishop Miege.
Just like their first match-up this season, the Tigers slid past the Stags by three points in a nail-biting game.
Just more than three minutes into the game, senior Kyle Zimmerman threw a 50-yard pass to senior Sean Skaggs, putting the BV ahead early 7-0.
However, only seconds later, Miege scored a quick touchdown with an 80-yard run on the first play after the kick.
With 5:35 left in the first quarter, the Tigers recovered a fumble by Miege. Less than a minute later, senior Justin Fulks ran the ball in from the 5-yard line for a touchdown. The scoreboard read 14-7, BV still on top.
At the end of the quarter, BV was at fourth and goal and went for the field goal. Senior Austin Johnson nailed it through the posts, extending the Tigers’ lead to 17-7.
With 6:44 left in the half, BV moved the ball inside the red zone, but fumbled the ball and Miege gained possession.
With just 34 seconds left in the first half, Miege scored a touchdown, making the score 17-14 going into halftime.
Much of the third quarter was back and forth runs with little scoring, but outstanding defensive efforts by both teams.
With 3:03 left in the third quarter, Fulks made a 10-yard run, resulting in another touchdown for the Tigers, 24-14.
BV led throughout the entire fourth quarter, as well, but Miege gave them a run for their money at the end of the game. With 3:07 left in the game, the Stags scored a touchdown, putting the score at 24-21.
Miege then attempted an onside kick to regain possession, but couldn’t execute. BV got the ball at the 47-yard line. The Tigers tried to move down field, but were forced to punt with two minutes left. The punt was high and short, and Miege got the ball at the 30-yard line.
From there, the Stags’ quarterback completed a pass to the wide receiver at the Tigers’ 27-yard line.
BV put up a strong defensive fight in the next few plays, sacking the quarterback several times. The Stags had 14 yards to go on fourth down, and they went for it. The throw was completed but was only inches short of the first down.
Tiger fans went nuts when their team regained possession of the ball with 1:17 left in the game. BV easily ran the clock down to zero and clenched the 24-21 victory.
The Tiger football team will play in the Substate game next Friday night. Check back later for more details about the next match-up.