Medical crises haunt Bobcats in 35-0 loss to Tonganoxie
Head coach, junior tight end expected to be OK
The Basehor-Linwood football players knew they were facing a tough task going into Friday night's game against 5-0 Tonganoxie. That task got a little tougher shortly before game time, when they found out that their head coach, Steve Hopkins was too ill to stay at the game and had to go to the hospital. Assistant coaches Dave Svoboda and Ross Schwisow took over in Hopkins' absence.
The Bobcats stood up to the Chieftains fairly well defensively in the first half, allowing two first-quarter touchdowns, but shutting them out in the second quarter. The Bobcats also made a number of nice plays on special teams to earn better field position than they got in most of their first five games. But, the offense couldn't get on track, gaining just 21 yards in the first half. Their only first down in the half came on a successful fake punt, with punter Nick Davis throwing a five-yard completion to Tyler Miles.
Three minutes after halftime BLHS junior Jacob Schierbaum was injured on a two-yard run by the Cheiftains while he was playing defensive end. Schierbaum lay on the field for more than a half hour before an ambulance arrived. The trainers on the field didn't move him because he had suffered a possible concussion a week earlier and complained of head and neck pain after the play Friday. Svoboda said the medical staff immobolized Schierbaum and called for the ambulance purely as a precautionary measure. He said the junior had full use of his extremities but was experiencing a burning sensation in his neck.
By the time the ambulance arrived and Schierbaum was loaded in the back and on his way to Lawrence Memorial Hospital nearly an hour had elapsed from the time he was hit. Svoboda and many of the BLHS parents expressed concern at how long it had taken for medical professionals to get to the field in Tonganoxie.
After losing Schierbaum the Bobcats were without one of their most effective playmakers on both sides of the ball. Tonganoxie took advantage, scoring three more touchdowns and stopping the Bobcats four times from the five-yard line on Basehor-Linwood's best drive.
Svoboda said Hopkins and Schierbaum were both expected to be OK. Schierbaum will likely sit out next week's games against Westport, while Hopkins should be back on the sidelines by then.
For more on the game and updates on the health of Hopkins and Schierbaum, see next week's Sentinel.
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