BLMS teams finished undefeated
For the first time in school history, both the seventh and eighth grade Basehor-Linwood Middle School football teams went undefeated.
"The future looks very bright for USD 458 football," Basehor-Linwood head football coach Chad Harvey said. "This year was not special because we went undefeated, what made it special was the type of kids we had on the team. They bought in to the team aspect, bought in to what the coaches were preaching, bought in to what it meant to be a champion."
Both the seventh and eighth grade teams finished 7-0 on the season. The last time either team went undefeated was in 1993.
"Very rarely does a coach have the opportunity to coach the quality of kids we had this year," Harvey said. "They had loads of talent."
A couple of kids that did well in the final eighth grade game of the season were the Murphy brothers, Ryan and Colin. They sparked the Bulldogs to a 28-6 win over Piper on Tuesday.
Ryanurphy took a halfback pass and threw a 45-yard touchdown to his brother, Colin, on a special play set up just for a surprise attack on Tuesday. Coach Harvey said the play was not practiced and he wanted to start the game on a big play--and it worked to ignite the finish to a perfect season.
"I wanted to give Piper several different looks with different packages," Harvey said. "Colin and Ryan will draw a lot of attention from the defense, not only because of their size, but also because of their athletic ability."
essie Hiss added a touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead at the half over Piper.
The offense rode the rest of the half on the shoulder of big #23, Jessie Hiss," Harvery said. "Jessie ranhe ball hard in the second quarter, running over everyone."
arvey also said this was their best offensive game of the season while praising quarterback Garrett Kahle, tailback Skylar Ross and the entire offensive line for their outstanding play.
"Skylar Ross ran the ball well at tailback, following his blockers and fighting for every yard," Harvey said. "Garrett did a very good job running the offense, which also shows how deep and talented this team is."
Meanwhile the seventh grade team ended the season undefeated with their 22-8 victory over Piper.
Tanner Garver scored two touchdowns in the game and Drew Potter scored one.
Both Garver and Ben Johnson were praised for their defensive play by coach Harvey.