Bobcats dropped by Braves
Basehor-Linwood threw the playbook at Bonner Springs.
Faced with an offense that could not move the ball on the ground and a 21-0 halftime deficit, Basehor-Linwood head coach Paul Brown changed his offensive philosophy. A team that has been run first, pass second all season, the Bobcats became primarily a passing team in the second half.
Basehor-Linwood ran 20 offensive plays in the second half, 14 of which were pass plays.
"We decided to let it all hang out and see if we could make some plays," Brown said.
While letting it all hang out worked better, it was not nearly good enough as Basehor-Linwood lost 29-7. For the game, the Bobcats rushed for -1 yard and threw for 118 yards. All of which amounted to zero offensive points.
The offense did not score points, but not because they did not have opportunities. To start the second half, Basehor-Linwood had three consecutive possessions inside the red zone. Each time, Bonner Springs thwarted their attempts.
Despite being in a 21-0 hole, the second half was promising for the Bobcats. Their defense forced Bonner Springs to punt, and they quickly moved the ball. Quarterback Adam Smith hit Albert King who was standing alone in the Bonner Springs secondary. He cut across the grain and picked up 53 yards to the 10-yard line.
Another completion to Steve Brown for 8 yards and a penalty on Bonner Springs gave Basehor first and goal at the 1-yard line. After a five-yard penalty on the Bobcats, however, they stalled on the 5-yard line.
On the next drive, Smith threw an interception on third down halting any BLHS scoring threat.
Bonner Springs gave the Bobcats one more chance when they fumbled the ball at the 13-yard line, but again, Basehor-Linwood could not score.
King said it was frustrating watching the Bobcats march to down the field only to stall.
"We moved the ball into position to score, but then we didn't execute after we got in the red zone," King said.
Basehor-Linwood's defense has been more successful than the offense, but it has its own struggles. For the most part, the Bobcats stopped Bonner Springs from driving the ball, but Basehor-Linwood could not prevent the big play. Bonner Springs rushed for 324 yards, but 155 came off two plays for touchdowns.
Bonner Springs quarterback Aaron Weathers took their first offensive play from scrimmage 75 yards on an option.
Bonner Springs running back Shawn Meyers took a hand off 80 yards early in the second quarter for their second touchdown of the game.
"We've got to stop the big play, and make people earn it, and we didn't do it," Brown said. "It's just about making plays."
Bonner Springs' third touchdown of the first half came on a big play by their defense late in the second quarter. Bonner Springs linebacker Danny Gardner intercepted Smith's pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.
"That was a play we drew up on the board earlier in the day," Brown said. "Adam just didn't see the linebacker come over."
With big plays resulting in three Bonner Springs touchdowns early, both offenses struggled in the second half. It was not until 5:32 in the fourth quarter that Bonner Springs scored their fourth and final touchdown of the game. A two-point conversion gave Bonner Springs a 29-0 lead.
That score stood for just 17 seconds.
On the ensuing kickoff, Basehor-Linwood created its first big play of the game. Sophomore Michael Armstrong followed his blockers then sprinted down the right sideline for 88 yards and a touchdown.
After the game, Brown saw a positive aspect amid the frustration of losing.
"I thought we did some things well, but we haven't put it in the end zone," Brown said. "We're still improving, but it's not enough. We need to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them."
The loss dropped Basehor-Linwood to 0-6 (0-4 in league) on the season going into district play. This Friday, the Bobcats open district play at home against Lansing.