Bobcats cruise past Trail in opener
Brandon Leppke has started at quarterback since his freshman season and Friday night he carried Basehor-Linwood to a 23-7 football victory over Santa Fe Trail at BLHS.
Leppke rushed 20 times for 62 yards in the game and also threw a pair of touchdown passes.
"Brandon is the only one of our running backs who doesn't play defense, so that is why he carried the ball more than the other players," coach Steve Hopkins said. "Some of the other young men also had nice runs."
Leppke led the team in the huddle, made sure that players got into the right spots and directed a wide open Bobcat attack that ran some plays with five wide receivers.
He also made a difference making passes, connecting with a pair of freshmen for touchdown passes.
Colin and Ryan Murphy were the favorite targets on Friday, complimenting Ben Zuk who drew tight coverage throughout the game. The Murphy brothers caught touchdown passes in the game.
The Bobcats' first scoring drive started with about a minute left in the first quarter and concluded with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Leppke to Ryan Murphy.
Murphy, at 6-foot-4, was able to go up and outleap the Trail defender for the touchdown.
"We worked on that play all week, and it just so happened that we threw to Ryan because he was on the wide side," Hopkins said.
Kyle Savner followed with the extra point.
Basehor-Linwood scored four possessions later after taking over near midfield. Leppke completed passes to Zuk and Logan Ross on the drive, which culminated with Chandler King scoring a touchdown.
Basehor-Linwood dominated time of possession in the first half, and didn't allow Santa Fe Trail to muster much offense. The Chargers had little rushing offense in the half as Caleb Cook struggled to get rolling on the ground.
Cook had 23 yards rushing at halftime.
"Defensively, I thought we played extremely well," Hopkins said.
Basehor didn't allow Santa Fe Trail to make runs to the outside and also was tough at the point of attack, rotating six defensive linemen throughout the game.
Basehor-Linwood struck again on its first drive of the second half when Brandon Leppke tossed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Colin Murphy. The Bobcats had talked about how the middle of the field would be open at halftime, and it proved to be true with the touchdown pass.
The extra point was blocked and the score 20-0.
Santa Fe Trail answered with an 8-play drive that finished with an 18-yard run by Cook.
A 22-yard pass from Phoenix Anschutz to George Kelemente set up the touchdown run.
The score was 20-7.
On the Chargers' next drive the team ran a hook and ladder that looked like it had gone for a touchdown, but it was called back because the pitch was a forward lateral.
Basehor-Linwood scored late in the game when Savner made a 37-yard field goal. The kick gave the Bobcats a 23-7 lead.
"We played well enough to win, but we have to get better," Hopkins told his team after the game.
Basehor-Linwood (1-0) plays at Bonner Springs High School on Friday.