Mill Valley beats Basehor in football game
Nicholas Woods rushes for 200 yards in Jaguars win
Basehor-Linwood football coach Steve Hopkins preached to his team throughout the week not to allow big plays.
If a Mill Valley player broke through the line, players had better run him down.
"Make them earn everything," he told the team in practice, on the bus and in the locker room before the game.
Friday night, the Jaguars had to earn every yard in a 21-10 win over Basehor-Linwood High School.
"We made them drive the ball and prevented them from scoring on the big play," Hopkins said. "I think they had two 80 yard drives, but we put a great emphasis on running people down and making sure they earned everything they got. We learned to play harder tonight, but we have to play better."
In the first half of the game, Basehor-Linwood gave Mill Valley everything it wanted and a little more as both teams moved the ball with ease, combining to score 24 points.
Mill Valley scored first on a Luke Lawyer touchdown run with a minute remaining in the first quarter. Zak King made the extra point.
Basehor-Linwood tied the football game in the second quarter with an extended drive. The Bobcats ran to the left side behind Ethan Douglass, a 6-7 281-pound senior, and Austin Hunter a 6-foot-1 280-pound lineman.
Basehor's running game opened up its passing game as quarterback Brandon Leppke passed the ball effectively to receivers. He also rushed in on the left side of the line for the score.
Hopkins also said Chandler Schaake and Tyler Miles played big roles for the team. They just need one more block on a lot of plays to break into the next level of a defense and potentially rush for touchdowns.
Following the score, Mill Valley went on an extended drive with Nicholas Woods, King and Shawn Stene running the football. Woods had a long 37-yard run on the drive and later scored a touchdown. He finished the game with 209 yards rushing.
The drive lasted 80 plays and four minutes.
Basehor took the ball over and drove the ball down the field. They ran and passed the ball at will. Kyle Savner came in the game and made a field goal.
"I thought our special teams played great tonight and gave us a chance to win the ball game," Hopkins said. "Kyle Savner's kick at the end of the first half was a big boost for us. We made great progress from week one to week two, but that doesn't mean much if you don't get a win. We have to focus on the positive and work on correcting the mistakes."
Mill Valley quarterback Luke Lawyer scored his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter and his team won the game 21-10. Basehor-Linwood didn't score again.
On defense, Mill Valley pitched a shutout.
"We didn't scheme it a lot different, but we did a good job of building a fence on that left side and holding up at the point of attack,"coach George Radell said.
One player who helped win the battle was Jack DeLashmit. DeLashmit played on defense and said Basehor-Linwood was big across the board, but he worked on getting lower and
winning the line of scrimmage.
Both teams put together extended drives in the second half, but neither scored.
Mill Valley, 2-0, plays at Piper on Friday. Basehor-Linwood, 0-2, plays host to Perry-Lecompton.
"We made great progress from week one to week two, but that doesn't mean much if you don't get a win," Hopkins said. "We have to focus on the positive and work on correcting the mistakes."