Unbeaten Lansing up next for ‘Cats
If last week’s game against Washington had a homecoming theme, this week’s game against Lansing is about taking a step forward as a program.
Basehor-Linwood coach Steve Hopkins said it is a hump game for his team. He has coached the team for a few years now and has never beaten Lansing, but the games were always close.
Hopkins said he is looking for his team to reverse the trend at 7 p.m. Friday when the Bobcats (2-3) play host to Lansing (5-0).
The running game will play a critical role in the outcome of the game, specifically which team can stop the other.
The Bobcats spent an extra day working on run defense this week in an effort to negate what the Lions do so well.
“Well, they run the ball really well; we are going to have another day to stop the run in practice,” Hopkins said. “We will spend an extra day preparing for their run game. They really do it well.”
In an era of spread sets and shotgun quarterbacks, Lansing lines up and plays power football. The run game revolves around three plays, a fullback lead, trap and an option play, which predicates the play-action pass and other sweeps.
“If we don’t stop those three plays, they won’t run any others,” Hopkins said. “Their strength is to run the ball with No. 12 (Brenton Smith).”
Basehor’s ability to run the football is another key to watch in the football game. In a sense, the Bobcats hope to run enough plays to keep the Lions honest.
The game is also Basehor’s final contest before district play begins next week.
Hopkins has said throughout the season that Basehor’s goal is to be prepared for the final three games of the year.