Cowboys corral winless Bobcats, 42-6
If any Basehor-Linwood fans were late for the Bobcats' football game in Abilene, they may have missed their chance to cheer.
Basehor-Linwood had a small lead after one quarter, but after that, the Abilene Cowboys scored 39 unanswered to dismantle the Bobcats, 42-6.
The loss at Abilene's homecoming is the worst so far in the Bobcats' winless season.
In what has become a reoccurring theme for Basehor-Linwood, turnovers ruined any chance the team had of winning. Both Basehor-Linwood and Abilene averaged five yards a play, but turnovers stopped six Bobcat drives. Abilene turned those turnovers into 20 points.
Basehor-Linwood coach Paul Brown was upset with the turnovers, but he said the problem was bigger than just giving up the ball.
"We kept screwing it up," Brown said. "We need to find some pride. We have coaches who are dedicated to football, but we need to have the same commitment from players. If we can't find people with pride, then maybe they need to decide football isn't for them."
With a 0-5 record, Brown said pride was what the Bobcats have to play for.
The first play from scrimmage for the Bobcats was indicative of what the game would be like. Junior quarterback Adam Smith dropped back and threw his first of three interceptions on the night.
The Bobcat defense managed to hold Abilene to a field goal after the turnover, and on the next drive, BLHS showed some offensive production.
Abilene forced Basehor-Linwood to punt after three plays, but on the punt, Abilene failed to defend senior Steve Brown who was a split end on the play. Senior punter Brandon Dye called an audible at the line, and threw a pass to Brown. Brown ran for 30 yards and a first down.
On the next play, Smith threw a 50-yard pass to senior John Clouse for a touchdown. However, just as the Bobcats gained momentum, Abilene blocked the extra point.
The Bobcats couldn't muster another score the rest of the game, while Abilene scored on its next five possessions, including a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.
At one point in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats turned the ball over on three consecutive offensive plays from scrimmage.
Basehor-Linwood stopped Abilene after the Cowboys forced Smith's third interception. Abilene's punt went to the 11-yard line. On the next play, senior Jeff Lackner fumbled inside the 10.
Despite a first and goal, Abilene did not score, so the BLHS offense took over at the three-yard line. Junior Billy Hashman entered the game as the new quarterback and promptly fumbled the ball in the end zone. Abilene fell on the ball to score the last touchdown of the game.
"With all the turnovers, we're lucky it's not worse," Brown said of the final score.
Brown said a lack of concentration has caused the epidemic of turnovers.
"We need to focus," Brown said. "They are not doing the job they are assigned. Sometimes a player wants to make a big play, but they end up getting out of position."
Smith was 4-10 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions.
"At times, a young quarterback tries to make a play, and in the effort makes mistakes," Brown said. "He tries to throw it out of bounds like we tell him, and he under throws it. They intercept it and run it back for a touchdown."
Against Abilene, Clouse led the Bobcats offensively. He averaged 4.75 yards per carry for 57 yards. He also had 50 receiving yards and BLHS's only touchdown.
Lackner rushed for 16 yards and had two receptions for 21 yards.
On defense, senior Jacob Brown had seven solo tackles and assisted in seven others. Senior Darren Marx had six solo tackles and had six assists.
Basehor-Linwood is now averaging 6.4 points a game following their fifth loss. In contrast, they allow an average of 26.2 points per game.