Cyclones too much for Basehor; game against Piper a must-win
Bishop Ward took advantage of Basehor-Linwood turnovers and good field position to score 22 fourth-quarter points en route to a 30-6 victory on Friday.
“We constantly put the defense on the field in short positions, and that is what broke us in the end,” coach Steve Hopkins said.
Early in the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood quarterback Brandon Leppke was intercepted by Jeff Keller, who returned the ball to the 7-yard line. Cyclones quarterback Beau Stoker rushed in for the touchdown.
BWHS went for 2 and failed, which made the score 14-6.
Basehor-Linwood’s offense sputtered on the next drive, but Leppke made a highlight reel play with a 17-yard pass to Cole Bittel. On the play, Leppke was flushed out of the pocket and threw on the run to Bittel for the completion. The drive eventually stalled.
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.
Bishop Ward had 139 yards rushing and 135 yards passing in the football game, most of which came in the final quarter.
Stoker completed five of 19 passes for 119 yards.
Anthony Pierce led Basehor-Linwood with 12 tackles, including two for a loss and one sack. Jesse Hiss finished the game with 10 tackles. Chandler King also had a sack.
Against Bishop Ward, BLHS struggled to mount much of an offense. The team rushed for 52 yards on 24 attempts. Leppke led the Bobcats with 18 carries for 46 yards. Zack Smith had six rushes for six yards.
In the passing game, Leppke completed 11-of-29 passes for 120 yards.
While the game got away from the Bobcats late, it was close for the first three quarters.
In the first half, Bishop Ward jumped on the board in the first quarter when Stoker connected with Jacob Kolenda on a 77-yard touchdown pass. 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 Leppke to Steyr Stubenrauch. The Bobcats’ 2-point conversion attempt failed. The score remained 8-6 entering intermission as neither offense effectively moved the football.
The win moved Bishop Ward to 2-0 in district play and dropped Basehor-Linwood to 1-1 in district play.
Basehor-Linwood plays host to Piper at 7 p.m. Thursday. If the Bobcats win they will advance to the state playoffs.
“We still control our own destiny,” Hopkins said. “The most important thing is that the winning team will play next Tuesday.”