Bobcats get second victory
Football team beats Westport 26-24
The Basehor-Linwood High School football team won its second game of the season Friday, beating Westport (Mo.) 26-24. Like their first victory, against Clinton, the Bobcats beat a non-league opponent from Missouri.
The Bobcats got off to a quick start Friday when Bobby Courtney's onside kick was recovered by Anthony Pierce on the opening kickoff. Five running plays later, Tyler Miles took a hand off 16 yards off left tackle for a touchdown.
Westport came right back, with quarterback Michael James capping a six-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. The Tigers added a two-point conversion to go up 8-6.
The Bobcats started their next drive at their own 40, and four straight runs by Chandler Schaake drove them into Westport territory at the 37. Miles got the call again four plays later and scored from the 11 on a sweep right, getting in the end zone just inside the pylon. BLHS was stopped on the two-point try again, but led 12-8. The rest of the first half went scoreless, thanks to a spate of turnovers by both teams.
Basehor-Linwood opened the second half by grinding out an 11-play drive all the way to Westport's 2-yard line. The Bobcats fumbled at the goal line, but caught a break when offensive lineman Chad Whitlow recovered the ball in the end zone. Whitlow's touchdown put BLHS up 18-8 and Courtney added his first extra point of the season to make it 19-8.
The rest of the third quarter went scoreless, but James opened the fourth quarter by throwing a touchdown pass for Westport on the second play. He then bootlegged left for the two-pointer, cutting Basehor-Linwood's lead to 19-16.
Junior defensive back Travis Inlow came up with a big interception on Westport's next possession to set up the Bobcats for an insurance score. The pick put the BLHS offense at Westport's 26 yard-line and from there Schaake and freshman quarterback Brandon Leppke combined for seven straight runs to punch it in the end zone. Leppke scored on a one-yard plunge and Courtney nailed another extra point to extend the lead to 26-16.
James made one last gamebreaking play to keep hope alive for the Tigers, though. With just under six minutes left, the senior quarterback took the snap at Basehor-Linwood's 46, bootlegged right, and then cut to the middle and turned on the jets. Not a single Bobcat touched him as he raced 46 yards for the score.
The Tigers got another two-point conversion to cut the lead to 26-24, but BLHS was able to run out the clock with an 11-play drive that netted four first downs.
For more on Friday's victory, see next week's Sentinel.