Archive for Friday, September 12, 2008

Bonner-Basehor showdown moved to Monday

September 12, 2008

Bonner Springs football coach Lew Kasselman made the walk down the hill from Bonner Springs High School and didn't wait to be asked a question.

"Monday at 7," he said. "There was lightning and more storms coming."

With that, he went about his business of making sure that all of his players were getting home safely.

Heavy rains along with tornado warnings dotted the area on Friday night and washed out numerous games.

The coaches contemplated playing, but additional lightning and the weather forecast caused officials to cancel the game. The weather forecast calls for rain on Saturday or Sunday, and as a result, Bonner Springs, 1-0, and Basehor-Linwood, 1-0 will play at 7 p.m. Monday at David Jaynes Field in Bonner Springs.

Basehor-Linwood coach Steve Hopkins used the rain out as a chance to do some scouting. He drove to Mill Valley High School and watched Jaguars play Piper on Friday. Mill Valley won 21-6.

"I am going to see some football, but I think that all I am going to see is a bunch of slogging around in the mud," he said.

Basehor-Linwood plays Mill Valley on Friday.

The postponed game creates a short turnaround for the football team, and is similar to what they would encounter in a playoff game.

"We have done this before and is good practice for the playoffs," Hopkins said. "I told our players 'that if we are luck enough to play in the playoffs this will be good practice.'"

Hopefully the field will be dry by Monday.

"Hopefully the weather will be nice and both teams will be able to show what they can do," he said.

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