Bobcats eager to test undefeated Chargers
Early in the season, Basehor-Linwood and Santa Fe Trail appear to be heading in different directions.
Basehor-Linwood is coming off a tough loss to Mill Valley, which dropped their record to 0-3.
Santa Fe Trail defeated Lansing last week, making the Chargers 3-0.
Appearances, however, can be deceiving.
The combined record of Santa Fe Trail's opponents is 0-9. The Bobcats' opponents have a combined record of 7-2.
This is why Basehor-Linwood coach Paul Brown is not worried about the records of the two teams when they meet Friday.
"They haven't played very good opponents," Brown said. "We play tough teams early in the season, so we can be better when it matters. One of the reasons we play good teams is to get better."
Brown does not get caught up in the numbers though. He is mainly concerned with the Bobcats.
"They've been successful, but I'm not so worried about Santa Fe Trail. I'm worried about what we need to do," Brown said. "If we do what we're supposed to, things will take care of themselves."
On defense, Basehor-Linwood will have to defend the run and the pass. Brown said Santa Fe Trail is a running team, but their explosiveness comes through the air.
"Their big play potential is in their passing game," Brown said. "Cameron Babb is a good receiver for them. He was the league's high jump champion in track last year."
According to Basehor-Linwood's scouting report of Santa Fe Trail, their quarterback, Shane Miles, is a decent runner with a very good arm. According to the report, the 6-foot-2 Babb is the go to guy.
Because of Santa Fe Trail's passing attack, the Bobcats will employ more linebacker stunts this week, Brown said. He said he wants to blitz to get in the quarterback's face.
The Santa Fe Trail defense is a 4-3. They roll their outside linebacker up on the tight end, so they end up having five men on the line.
BLHS will do nothing different on offense except try to get better.
"The key is to try to execute and be more consistent," Brown said.
Last season the Chargers and Bobcats locked up in a game that Brown called a "classic high school football game."
BLHS won on its final drive of the game when former quarterback Nick Verbenec hit Steve Brown in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
Friday's rematch will be at Santa Fe Trail. It starts at 7 p.m.