Kaws blank Bobcats, become only unbeaten KVL football team
There were no fireworks at Basehor-Linwood last Friday night, as Perry-Lecompton was able to shut out the Bobcat offense on its home turf.
Perry-Lecompton delivered the Bobcats their first loss of the season, 10-0, by focusing on stopping senior running back Will Peterson. Peterson, who filled up the stat sheet in the Bobcats' first game running for 189 yards and two touchdowns, was held to only 73 yards by the Kaws' defense.
"I think the key to stopping us is to stop Will Peterson," BLHS coach Steve Hopkins admitted. "That's obvious."
The first half of the game was a battle of defenses. Hopkins tried to establish the run to start the game, and except for one Peterson run of 29 yards in the first quarter, Perry-Lecompton was able to slow the star back and the Bobcats' running game.
Despite Perry-Lecompton benefiting from good field position throughout the first half, the BLHS defense made plays when it needed to.
The defense's first test came in the first quarter when Peterson fumbled the ball on the Bobcat's 24-yard line. On second down of the ensuing drive, senior defensive tackle Alex Smith blindsided Perry-Lecompton quarterback David Foltz as he tried to pass the ball. Smith knocked the ball loose and the Kaws fell on it for a 12-yard loss.
Perry-Lecompton again threatened to score at the end of the half. Facing a fourth and goal at the four-yard line, the Kaws decided to try for the touchdown. They gave the ball to 220-pound senior fullback Sean Blosser, who punished the BLHS defense throughout the game with his downhill running style. But the Bobcats' defense refused to budge on this play, and sent the game into halftime scoreless to the delight of their head coach.
"In the first half, our defense played amazingly well," Hopkins said. "We made tremendous stops inside our end, over and over again. I can't remember how many times we stopped them, including that fourth and goal with their big full back from inside the two."
Perry-Lecompton opened the third quarter with the ball and cruised down the field. Foltz had several big runs off the option and the Bobcats could not keep Blosser out of the end zone this time, as he ran in from three yards out to give the Kaws the only touchdown of the game.
The Bobcats' offense was never able to get in a rhythm Friday night, especially in the second half. BLHS never put together a long drive. Perry-Lecompton held the Bobcats to 116 total yards and dominated time of possession. Hopkins felt that his defense began to tire.
"I'm sure they controlled the ball twice as much as we did," Hopkins said. "At that point, the kids do start wearing out because they don't ever get off the field. Their kids don't ever get off the field either, but it's harder to play defense."
The Kaws opened the fourth quarter with an 11-play drive that resulted in a 21-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-0.
The Bobcats were forced to play catch up and turned to their passing game to try to get back in the game. Senior quarterback Garret Chumley struggled against the Kaws defense, going 5-for-16 for 44 yards.
Most of Chumley's attempts came in the fourth quarter, when he threw the ball 11 times. However, Chumley was able to convert a critical pass on fourth and eight with just under five minutes left on the clock. He hit senior receiver Jordon Coffman for 12 yards to keep the Bobcats' hopes alive.
Hopkins would rather not be forced to use the pass like he was in the fourth quarter.
"Our personality is to run the ball and then play action pass," he said. "Tonight, we were not able to run the ball and consequently the play action pass is not going to be as effective."
The Perry-Lecompton defense stripped the Bobcats of their personality. The BLHS ground attack was absent most of the night, particularly in the second half. Peterson was held to 12 yards after halftime on just five carries.
"We knew this was a very good ball team the way they tattooed Immaculata last week," Hopkins said. "We also knew that it was the type of team where we needed to match their physicality and we did not match their physicality at all tonight."
The Bobcats will look to get back on track Friday night, when they travel to Mill Valley for a key Kaw Valley League clash.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m.