Bobcats blasted by Bishop Ward
Football team can still advance past districts by beating Piper
The Basehor-Linwood High School football team was no match for a Bishop Ward squad hungry to clinch the district title Friday night. Ward won 55-6, putting on an offensive clinic.
The Cyclones had four offensive possessions in the first half and scored touchdowns on all four, prompting BLHS coach Steve Hopkins to make some defensive personnel changes at halftime. It didn't help much, as the Cyclones also took their first three second-half possessions in for touchdowns. The normally reliable Basehor-Linwood defense was nowhere to be found Friday, forcing just one punt all game.
That punt was the one play that Ward didn't execute well, with the snap bouncing past punter John Oropeza. Oropeza recovered the ball at his own 13-yard line, which set up Basehor-Linwood's only scoring drive.
Chandler Schaake got three straight runs from the 13, punching it in the end zone on the third, a 4-yard plunge between the left guard and left tackle. It was the first touchdown of the year for the sophomore.
Schaake was the lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable game for BLHS. With the running back corps depleted because of injuries, Schaake carried the ball 27 times for 103 yards. He became the first BLHS back to go over 100 yards rushing in a game this season.
For more on Schaake's big game, and the Bobcats' last chance to advance out of districts, next Thursday's game against Piper, see next week's Sentinel.