4th-quarter eruption lifts Ward past BLHS
Bobcats face must-win game Thursday
Bishop Ward scored 22 fourth-quarter points and defeated Basehor-Linwood 30-6 on Friday.
The win moved Bishop Ward to 2-0 in district play and dropped Basehor-Linwood to 1-1 in district play.
Ward clinched the district title with the victory and secured a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs. Basehor faces a must-win game at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Piper in the district finale with a playoff berth at stake.
“We still control our own destiny,” coach Steve Hopkins said. “The most important thing is that the winning team will play next Tuesday.”
The game was decided by Bishop Ward’s play in the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones took advantage of turnovers and capitalized on playing with a short field in the fourth quarter. Basehor-Linwood quarterback Brandon Leppke was intercepted by Keller who returned the ball to the 7-yard line. Cyclones quarterback Beau Stoker rushed in for the touchdown.
BWHS went for two points and failed, which made the score 14-8.
Basehor-Linwood’s offense sputtered on the next drive, but Leppke made a highlight reel with a 17-yard pass to Cole Bittel. Leppke was flushed out of the pocket and threw on the run to Bittel for the completion. The drive eventually stalled out.
On the Bobcats’ next possession, Leppke was picked off by Alex Orel and the ball was returned to the 7-yard line.
Stoker rushed in for the score a few plays later.
The Cyclones final score of the game occurred on a 49-yard touchdown run by Orel on the final play of the game.
First half scoring
Bishop Ward jumped on the board in the first quarter when Beau Stoker connected with Jacob Kolenda on a 77-yard touchdown pass. Jeff Keller converted the extra point to give Bishop Ward an 8-0 lead.
Basehor-Linwood answered in the second quarter with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Leppke to Steyr Stubenrauch. The Bobcats two-point conversion attempt failed. The score remained 8-6 entering intermission as neither offense effectively moved the football.