Bobcats eye revenge vs. Tongie
Last season the Tonganoxie offense ran all over the Basehor-Linwood defense, not once but twice. In the Bobcats two losses to Tonganoxie last year, the Chieftains gained more than 400 yards in both games.
The Bobcats will be looking for redemption tomorrow night when the Chieftains and their humungous offensive line roll into town.
Tonganoxie, 4-1, features two 300-plus offensive linemen and a running back by committee that has had similar success to last season. The Tonganoxie running backs ran for 385 yards two weeks ago against Mill Valley, the same defense that shutout the Basehor-Linwood offense earlier this season.
"It's just a 'here we come,' knock you back on your heels kind of offense," BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said.
In order for the Bobcats to improve their record to .500, Hopkins said his team is going to have to match the physicality of the Chieftains.
"We have a tremendous challenge ahead of us in order to play at that level. We were not at their level last year and they embarrassed us," Hopkins said. "We have to decide this week how tough we are on the line of scrimmage. If we're not tough on the line of scrimmage, it will not be a pretty night for us."
The Bobcats will try to improve on their offensive woes from a week ago. Hopkins says he is not planning on making any major changes. He is hoping that his offensive line can provide holes for the Bobcat running backs.
"We have to run the ball and stop the run," Hopkins said. "Now it's not real tricky. Tongie's not tricky. If we don't run the ball, if we don't stop the run, then it will be a real long night."
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Basehor-Linwood High School.