Basehor-Linwood wins district title with win over Bishop Ward
Basehor-Linwood scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and defeated Bishop Ward 35-16 to win a district championship.
"The district title means a lot to the kids, we have not been there in a long, long time," coach Steve Hopkins said. "We had a big win because of our defense."
The Bobcats scored two touchdowns on defense in the final quarter.
Early in the quarter, Scott Ogilve picked up a fumble and rushed 41 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 16-16. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
After forcing a punt, Basehor-Linwood scored on its next drive with an 18-yard run by Tyler Miles.
"Tyler Miles did a great job in the fourth quarter," Hopkins said. "He just carried us on offense."
On Bishop Ward's next possession, the Bobcats defense made another big play as Anthony Pearce intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and Basehor-Linwood led 28-16.
The Bobcats got the ball back with the game well in hand late, and kept trying to score because they wanted to win by 13 points for district play purposes. Thirteen points is the maximum number that a team can get in a given game.
Miles carried the ball numerous times on the drive and scored on 3-yard touchdown run. Kyle Savner made the extra point.
While he disliked the idea of scoring again, Hopkins also knew that another point was pivotal in the district standings.
"It was really hard, we had the ball and were up 12 points," Hopkins said. "We have to attempt to score one more point. There are two minutes to go and we had a regular offense to try and score. We had to have that because we did not know that Piper score. Now we know. There is no better way to do it. I apologized to coach Greg Duggins, but he understood why he did it."
Basehor-Linwood's fourth quarter performance blew open what had been a close game. The halftime score was 10-9.
Basehor-Linwood scored 10 unanswered points in the first quarter.
On the third play game of game, Brandon Leppke tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chandler Schaake. Kyle Savner made the extra point.
Later in the quarter, Savner kicked to a 29-yard field goal.
Bishop Ward scored nine points in the second quarter on three field goals. The Cyclones Beau Stoker made field goals of 27, 36 and 40 yards.
"He probably needs to be the all metro kicker," Hopkins said. "I haven't seen anybody better."
In the second half, Stoker caught a touchdown pass from John Oropeza. He kicked the extra point. The Cyclones led entering the fourth quarter before the Bobcats' play on defense put the game away
Basehor-Linwood plays Piper at 7 p.m. at Piper on Thursday.
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