Tough to grasp
Turner eludes Basehor late for 20-14 league victory
Basehor-Linwood quarterback Brandon Leppke’s pass to Ben Zuk dropped to the ground with less than 30 seconds to play Friday night.
With the incomplete pass, Turner took over on first down. The Bears went into victory formation and ran out the clock to win the game, 20-14, at Turner Stadium.
Basehor-Linwood fell to 1-3 on the season. Turner (1-3) picked up its first victory of the year, thanks in part to a combination of missed opportunities and turnovers.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood had driven for numerous first downs before the drive stalled on an incomplete pass.
Turner punted after three downs, but the Bobcats could not score on their final possession of the game.
After the game, coach Steve Hopkins said the Bobcats had chances to win the game.
“We moved the ball all over the field,” he said. “We can’t give turnovers that go for touchdowns and we can’t give up fumbles. Our offense put our defense in terrible positions throughout the game. Our defense played outstanding.”
Basehor-Linwood held Turner to an average of .1 yards per carry or 3 yards rushing on 27 carries. The Bears lost yardage on a lot of plays in the game.
Clint Schierbaum and Derek Shandy each had six tackles in the game. Adam Schelert had five tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Turner was more effective moving the football through the air, completing six of 18 passes for 108 yards.
Turner was able to capitalize on Basehor-Linwood mistakes
The Bears scored first when a pass was intercepted by Quincy Peaches and returned 73 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.
BLHS drove the ball on its next possession, but the drive stalled on an incomplete pass on third down.
On the ensuing drive, Turner fumbled while attempting to punt. and the Bobcats’ Jesse Hiss recovered the ball in the end zone. He also forced a fumble in the game.
Basehor-Linwood took the lead with 3:17 left in the second quarter when Leppke ran for a touchdown.
He finished the game with 25 carries for 129 yards, averaging 5.16 yards per carry. Leppke also completed 14 passes for 171 yards.
Turner scored late in the second quarter on a pass from Jeff Smith to Brevan Seman. The Bears extra-point attempt failed.
Basehor-Linwood led 14-12 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Turner scored on a run by David Bernal. Leading 18-14, Turner converted the 2-point conversion with a pass from Smith to Isaiah Harris.
The touchdown proved to be the difference in the game.
Basehor-Linwood coaches will evaluate all areas of the team this week, Hopkins said.
“I told them we will watch the video and evaluate every position and every coach, we can all do better,” Hopkins said. “I believe we can be a good team, but we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot.”
The Bobcats next play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Washington. This is the homecoming game for BLHS.