Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2003

Bobcats eyeing winning streak

October 16, 2003

The bar has officially been raised. With Basehor-Linwood's 28-15 victory over Bonner Springs on Friday, the Bobcats beat their biggest rival and kept their hopes for a winning season alive, running their record to 2-4.

But the convincing victory, in which the Bobcats finally put together a dominating performance in all areas, was just the first step in a bigger plan for the season.

"One of the things we talked about was that this was the week starting the last four games that we play all of our surrounding towns," Bobcats coach Paul Brown said. "We want to keep climbing that ladder so that at the end of those four weeks we're at the top of the heap right here in our local area."

The next rung in that ladder is Lansing, and it's a tall one for the Bobcats. The Lions have a 4-2 record, having recovered nicely from a 30-5 trouncing at the hands of Bonner Springs in their season opener.

Still, the Bobcats confidence is higher than it's been all season, thanks to a dominant defense and a new-look offense that ran all over the Braves.

The defense hadn't allowed a touchdown in the last 11 quarters of regulation play when Bonner quarterback Jordan Lamb finally broke the streak with a meaningless touchdown pass in the game's closing minutes. The end of the streak didn't really bother Brown, who said he was impressed with the way his defense had been flying to the ball in the last few games.

"It's all the things we've been working on all year, they just are starting to come to fruition a little bit more," Brown said.

Brown also said he was impressed with the way defensive back Richard Brown filled in for his brother Joey after he was injured early against Bonner Springs. With Joey Brown still questionable for the Lansing game, Richard Brown may again be depended on to shore up the secondary.

The injury report is more optimistic for the offense, where Coach Brown expects tight end Kyle Speichinger and running back Billy Hashman to be back in action. The return of the two starters should help the Bobcats build on their best offensive performance of the year.

Coach Brown jump-started the offense last week, starting Mike Armstrong at quarterback and Peter Brown at running back for the first time. The two combined with running back Tyler Dowdall to form a speedy trio that rushed for over 200 yards.

After the game Armstrong, who scored three touchdowns said he was ready to step up and lead the team. He gets his first chance to back up those words tomorrow against Lansing.

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