Bobcats travel to rival Bonner Springs in search of first win
The Basehor-Linwood football season is on the brink of disaster.
In order to salvage the season, BLHS coach Paul Brown knows his Bobcats will have to turn it around starting when the Bobcats play Bonner Springs Friday, Oct. 11. Brown said he knows how much this game means to his team.
"Every game now becomes important for every team." Brown said. "For us, we need to get on the winning side. Plus, we're playing our neighbors and rivals."
Brown said the game has implications on the playoffs as well.
"It's important that you get on the right track going into district play," he said.
Last week, Abilene defeated Basehor-Linwood, 42-6. The loss dropped BLHS to 0-5 and ensured the Bobcats a losing season barring an improbable run through the playoffs.
Bonner Springs fell to 2-3 last week with a 34-15 loss to Mill Valley.
Basehor-Linwood has additional incentive as well. They want to avenge a loss to Bonner Springs last year.
"For the most part, we have a healthy relationship with Bonner," Brown said. "Some of the kids know each other. If you can't get excited about this one, you don't have warm blood running through your veins."
In order to have a chance against Bonner Springs, the Bobcats have one huge problem they must address. Against Abilene, Basehor-Linwood turned the ball over six times.
"We have to sustain drives, and not turn the ball over," Brown said. "We must eliminate turnovers."
Brown said there is no secret to curing their problems, but they need to keep working hard and improving.
"It has to come from inside," Brown said. "The kids just have to concentrate. People have tried to make the big play, but you have to keep it within in the framework of the team."
A lack of focus often comes with a losing season, but so far, that has not been an issue.
"They're kids, so they will lose concentration from time to time, but they're focused to succeed," Brown said. "They want to win. We've had a couple of good weeks in practice."
Bonner Springs is averaging 19.8 points a game. Brown said their best production comes from isolation plays, counters and passes.
"They run a lot of different things," Brown said. "They tend to want to run straight at you, but they'll pass over you, too."
Brown said Bonner Springs quarterback Aaron Weathers is the key to their offense. He is quick with a strong arm.
"We have to contain their quarterback," he said. "He's a good athlete. We need to keep him in the pocket.
"We need to constantly work on our assignments, and we can't allow him to make the big play."
Defensively, Bonner Springs attacks with a four-four, the same as Abilene. The secondary plays three-deep.