Bobcats open with traditionally tough game
The Basehor-Linwood football team is on the brink of something it has been waiting on for a long time -- the start of a new season.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, the Bobcats will hit the field for another season of Basehor-Linwood football. And when they do, only one thing will be on their minds.
"We're going to go out and execute a game plan based on what we've worked on," BLHS coach Paul Brown said. "If we execute, we'll be in good shape."
Of course, standing in the way of whether or not the Bobcats execute is a team that was an extra point away from playing for a state title last year.
Paola, like most teams the Bobcats open with, will provide a tough test and will be a good team to measure where the Bobcats are. And that's exactly the way Brown likes it.
"It will be a tough challenge and that's fine," he said. "I don't mind it at all because it lets you know exactly where you stand. If we can beat a great playoff team like that, then we're in good shape. If we play them tough, then we'll learn from that. And if we get blown out we'll learn from that, too. But we're going to go out and try and avoid the last one."
Assigned to lead the team in the opener is senior quarterback Adam Smith. Smith was the Bobcats signal caller during last year's rough season, but Brown said Smith learned a lot from the experience. He also said Smith has improved a lot since last year.
At tailback, senior Tyler Dowdall will start in the Bobcat backfield. He won the job from junior Peter Brown. Brown will start at linebacker. The BLHS coach is hoping the preseason battles made his team tougher and that getting to play on one side of the ball or the other will satisfy several of his athletes.
However, for now, they'll all go out and try to satisfy their desire to win.
"We're facing a real good football team with a lot of players returning on both sides of the ball," Brown said. "I expect them to be a really good ballclub, but I think our game focus will grow throughout the week right up until game time."