BLHS rolls to homecoming victory
Maybe every week should be homecoming at Basehor-Linwood High School.
For one week, it was the antidote that the Bobcats needed to stop a three-game losing streak.
The Bobcats wasted little time entertaining the alumni and fans who showed up for the parade and homecoming game on Friday, scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 42-21 victory over Washington High School.
BLHS struck early in the game with an eight-play drive that culminated with a Logan Ross touchdown reception from Brandon Leppke.
On Washington’s first drive, it lost 30 yards on two plays and fumbled on the third play. Basehor-Linwood’s Bobby Courtney recovered the fumble.
The Bobcats marched down the field with a mix of passes and 5-yard runs. The drive culminated with a Leppke touchdown run as Basehor-Linwood led 14-0 with 3:17 to play in the first quarter.
“That was a great start,” coach Steve Hopkins said. “I think the first possession on first down was the first positive yardage we have had all year on first down.”
Basehor-Linwood scored again in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Zachery Smith, which was the senior’s first career touchdown. The extra point attempt was good.
Basehor-Linwood scored again with 2:27 to play in the second quarter on a touchdown pass from Leppke to Ryan Murphy. Murphy was able make a diving catch on a ball that slipped past the Washington receiver and into his hands.
Washington scored late in the half on a Darius Dickerson touchdown pass from Josh White.
In the second half, Chandler Schaake rushed for a touchdown with 9:09 to play in the third quarter.
Basehor-Linwood was able to contain White throughout most of the game.
White, though, made an acrobatic play on Washington’s next possession. He scrambled around, running about 20 yards and then passing the ball to Duone Maxwell for a touchdown.
“He is the best quarterback that we have faced with his legs and arm,” Hopkins said.
The play capped a 15-play, 74-yard drive for the Wildcats.
In the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood scored on a lateral pass to Colin Murphy who threw the ball 30 yards down the field to Ben Zuk for a touchdown.
Maxwell rushed for a 67-yard touchdown with 2:39 left in the game. The extra point attempt was good.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bobcats. Basehor-Linwood plays Lansing next week and it is a game that has been close in recent years.
“That is always a big game, in the four years we have always played close games with them and its been a heck of a battle every year, let’s get over the hump is kind of our theme for the week,” Hopkins said.
The game kicks of at 7 p.m. Friday.