That’s three in a row
Basehor-Linwood outlasts Bonner Springs, 17-14, pushes winning streak over rival to 3 games
Basehor-Linwood running back Will Peterson cramped up at one point during the third quarter of the Bobcat's 17-14 victory over Bonner Springs last Friday. Bonner, however, was unable to cramp Peterson's style as he ran for 189 yards with two touchdowns.
"I should have ate more bananas," Peterson said after the game.
Peterson was still able to carry the ball 38 times for the Bobcats and wore down the Braves defense. BLHS coach Steve Hopkins depended on his senior running back all night and Peterson did not disappoint.
"We're going to trust Will to carry the load because of the extra work he's done in the weight room throughout his life," Hopkins said after the game. "In the end, we are going to trust our running backs to carry the load and he certainly did."
Bonner Springs tried to take control of the game early with their own running attack. Sophomore running back Tyler Jock had his way with the Bobcat defense on their first drive, helping Bonner easily march down the field.
The Bobcats caught a break on the first drive when Braves sophomore LT Lee fumbled at the Bobcat 20 yard line and BLHS senior Dustin Weimer recovered. "The turnover on their first drive was huge," Hopkins said "I don't remember who got the fumble; I just know we got the fumble and that gave our kids a lot of confidence because up until then, I think we were back on our heels."
The Bobcat's unveiled their offensive game plan right out of the gate. On an 11-play drive that stalled at the Bonner 11 yard line. Peterson carried the ball nine times. Hopkins sent his sophomore kicker Tanner Swafford onto the field to try to take the early lead. Swafford could not connect on the 28-yard field goal but would come up big late in the game.
After Bonner went three and out, the Bobcats got the ball back with excellent field position. Hopkins decided to delve into his bag of tricks when he tried a double reverse in which senior Jordan Coffman ran for 30 yards. Peterson scored on a seven-yard touchdown the following play to give the Bobcats a 6-0 lead.
The following drive the Bobcats continued to dominate the line of scrimmage and forced Bonner to punt again. Senior Brian Marshall was able to break through the Braves line and block Jock's punt. Jock picked up the loose ball and broke several tackles on his way to a 73-yard touchdown. Jock, however, was called for a facemask on the play and was forced to punt again.
With 2:59 left in the first half, Peterson again found the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, tying his touchdown total for all of last season. Peterson went untouched up the middle on the five-yard scamper.
"The hole, shoot, I could have drove a 17,000 wide truck right through the hole," Peterson said. "We probably could have put (student manager) Donny back there and ran it through. That line, oh man, they opened some holes today."
The Bobcats had a 14-0 lead at halftime. Peterson ran the ball 25 times in the first half for 126 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Bonner Springs, however, found a temporary cure to slow down Peterson when the second half began.
BLHS opened the second half with the ball and went three and out for the first time all game.
"When we got the ball at half time, we didn't do a thing and didn't get good field position for our defense and really put them in a bad place," Hopkins said. "I felt like that was the turning point to let them back in the game."
The Braves' offense marched down the field on their first drive of the second half, as they had done to open the game. However, this time, they found the end zone.
Neither team was able to score the rest of the third quarter. The Bobcats regained their first half form on the ground to begin the fourth quarter. Peterson shared the load to begin the fourth quarter with juniors Josh Ross and Todd Bell.
After Bonner finally slowed the Bobcat running attack in the red zone, Hopkins sent Swafford back onto the field to attempt another field goal. The sophomore kicker came through this time and extended the lead to 17-6.
The Braves responded, scoring a touchdown with 4:38 left in the game on a 20-yard pass to senior Jeff Hern. The Braves converted a two-point conversion to make the score 17-14.
On the fourth play of the Bobcats ensuing drive, senior quarterback Garrett Chumley broke loose down the sideline and ran 53 yards for a touchdown. The play, however, was called back because a Bobcat blocker was flagged for clipping. Hopkins was impressed with how his team stayed positive after Chumley's touchdown was called back.
"I think the best thing tonight for us was the way our entire team stay unified at the end," Hopkins said. "We made a lot of mistakes but we stayed very positive, stayed together and at the end when we had to make a play, we made a play."
The play that Hopkins speaks of was a 29-yard run by Peterson. Peterson came to the rescue when it was third and 15 following Chumley's penalized run. On a play that Peterson said had not worked once the entire game, he busted through a huge hole and had his longest run of the day when the Bobcats needed it most.
The Bobcats continued to eat up the clock and finally turned the ball over with 19 seconds left on the 10 yard line after Peterson came up inches short on a fourth down run.
The Braves ran out of time and their comeback effort failed.
"It's always better to get up Saturday morning after a win than a lost," Hopkins said. "I respect so much how hard they played and came back on us. It sure feels better to have the win."