Basehor-Linwood rallies for first victory of season
Basehor-Linwood drove 79 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game to pull out a 27-21 victory over Perry-Lecompton.
It was the Bobcats first lead of the game.
Brandon Leppke ran for 5-yards on a quarterback keeper for the touchdown. Chandler Schaake added the two point conversion to finish the scoring.
Perry-Lecompton made things interesting, driving to the BLHS 33 with 14 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, an attempt into the end zone was knocked down, giving the Bobcats their first victory of the season.
"We just all blocked well and we all had good intensity," running back Tyler Miles said. "We just wanted to win real bad and we were going to do anything to get it."
Coach Steve Hopkins said thevictory was a result of preparation.
"We played very well due in large part to the time the coaches and athletes put in to studying their offense," Hopkins said. "There were some specific keys we picked up during the week, and the kids really paid attention to detail. Secondly, we tackled better. Finally, we really focused on taking the ball away and did so three times - a great emphasis that paid off."
PLHS came into the game 2-0, but had lost starting quarterback Caleb Denton to injury the previous week. His replacement, Shane Gimzo, scored two touchdowns.
Basehor played uneven in the first half and made a couple of key mistakes. A Schaake fumble, which Hopkins said was the result of a missed signal, was returned for a touchdown by Josh Durflinger in the first quarter. Schaake redeemed himself with a 1-yard touchdown run in the middle of the second quarter, but Gimzo returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
The Bobcats began squib-kicking, or popping up their kickoffs, shortly thereafter. The coverage unit needs to improve its play, Hopkins said.
"It was not a matter of losing confidence, but our defense was playing so well, we wanted to give them the opportunity to defend since the first two scores occurred without the defense on the field," Hopkins said. "We did not believe they could sustain a drive against us."
Perry-Lecompton led 14-7 with four minutes left in the first half, despite the fact that they had been held by the Bobcats to negative 20 yards of total offense.
The halftime score of 14-7 Kaws was in stark contrast to the Bobcats 116-40 lead in yards at the break.
In the middle of the third quarter, Gimzo fumbled, giving the Bobcats the ball at the opponent's 9-yard line. Miles rushed for a 6-yard touchdown to pull within 14-13.
Basehor-Linwood went for two, and Schaake was stuffed on the attempt.
"Our kicker and the other components of the PAT unit were struggling and we
believed it was time to take the momentum we had just gained and get the
lead," Hopkins said. "It doesn't always work out, but we did what we thought was best at that time."
A Gimzo 5-yard keeper later in the third made the score 21-13. The Bobcats started on their own 38 on the ensuing possession and drove in for the score. The team had to convert one fourth down on the series. Leppke took a QB sneak in for the score, but his 2-point conversion pass was knocked down in the end zone, keeping the Bobcats down, 21-19.
The Kaws punted on the next possession, leading to the game winning drive.
For the game, Leppke ran for 112 yards on 28 carries. Schaake ran for 65 on 17 carries. Basehor completed three of 11 passes for 37 yards in the game.
The Bobcats outgained the Kaws 238-120 for the game, in a contest they controlled from the outset outside of big plays.
Hopkins pointed to the battle at the line of scrimmage as the tone setter for the game. Lineman Ethan Douglas was all over the place. On offense, at times he was running 15 yards ahead of the play as a pulling lead blocker and on defense making two key consecutive tackles for loss on a Kaws drive in the fourth quarter of play.
"The entire offensive line was dominant at the end, and our defensive line came through," Hopkins said. "We ran behind Swede Johnson, Ethan Douglas and Austin Hunter and used David Theodoroff and Zach Ross to cut off their backside pursuit. We pride ourselves on blocking at the point of attack."
Tyler Miles led the blocking at the point of attack.
"When I asked him during the 4th quarter he looked me in the eye and said, 'Keep calling what we're doing.' It's working great. His total lack of selfishness and the attitude of all the kids was exciting and is what makes this such a great team game.
The Bobcats (1-2) now prepare for a trip to Clinton, MO this week for a game against Clinton (3-0).
"We have confidence in ourselves and we are getting better every week," Miles said. "We felt like we could win this game and we feel like we can win any game."