Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Bobcats remain optimistic versus Chieftains

October 23, 2002

Basehor-Linwood only has two more chances to garner a victory this season.

The Bobcats' first attempt will come Friday, Oct. 25, at Tonganoxie in the second district game of the season.

Tonganoxie is coming off a 7-0 loss to Piper that dropped the Chieftains' overall record to 3-4.

Besides the importance of the game itself, BLHS coach Paul Brown said this week's game will be of larger magnitude because it is against Tonganoxie.

"The rivalry between the teams is similar to the one with Bonner in that they are the neighboring district and the kids know each other somewhat," Brown said. "It should be a good hard-fought contest."

Offensively, Brown said Tonganoxie will attack with a variety of formations, but with the ultimate goal of running in mind.

In the games he has scouted, Brown said Tonganoxie ran the ball around 70 percent of the time.

Three players are key to Tonganoxie's running attack, Brown said.

Tony Morando is a quarterback, who also plays running back, and running backs Billy Baska and James Hartshorn are also workhorses for the team.

But instead of worrying too much about Tonganoxie's attack, the Bobcats are focusing on what they need to do to be successful rather than what the Chieftains will do against them.

Their goal is to build upon the improvement they had last week against Lansing.

"Our (coaches') focus to the team has been to play with your hearts, together as a team," Brown said. "We did that last Friday and want to sustain that kind play. We have also talked about the fact that we still have a chance to get into the playoffs and to stay focused on that."

Despite Basehor-Linwood's loss in their first district game, the possibility remains that they could still reach the playoffs if they win the next two games.

The top two teams from each district advance to the next round and the tiebreaker is determined by point differential.

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