Braves beat Bobcats
Professional football is usually reserved for Monday night football, but due to tornadoes in the area Friday night, the Bonner Springs-Basehor-Linwood football game was postponed and played tonight.
After a sluggish start for the second game in a row, the Braves took control of the game late in the first half and cruised to a convincing 35-14 victory over their closest rival. Basehor, like many other opponents of the Braves, could not match the speed of the talented senior tailbacks from Bonner, twins Jonathan and Jeremy Walker-who accounted for 4 touchdowns in the game.
Both teams took awhile to get comfortable with playing on a Monday night, and it was evident by the first quarter coming to an end tied at zero.
On the first play of the second quarter the Bobcats sacked Bonner Springs quarterback Brandon Eastland on a fourth down play at midfield and took over on their own 49. After a run and two pass plays for moderate gains, Bobcat's junior quarterback Brandon Leppke bobbled a low snap, stepped left and had nothing but open field in front of him, scrambling 34 yards into the end zone. After a 2-point conversion the Bobcats held an 8-0 advantage.
Later in the quarter the Braves seemed to wake up. Running back Jonathan Walker ran for 15 yards, followed by a 21-yard scamper by quarterback Brandon Eastland to advance the ball into Bobcat territory. Walker capped off the drive when he took a handoff down the middle of the field, picked up a great block at the 25, juked left and turned on the after burners and finally leaped over an outstretched tackler for the 42-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good making the score 8-7 in favor of the Bobcats.
It looked like the Bobcats would hold a 1-point advantage going into the locker room at halftime, but the Bonner defense caused wide receiver Ben Zook to fumble the ball at Basehor's own 35-yard line. The ball was scooped up by senior defensive back Luke Terrell, who scampered into the end zone for the touchdown, making the score 14-8 in favor of the Braves. Terrell benefitted from a great block by senior Garron Wayne at the 5-yard line that allowed safe passage for the score.
After forcing Basehor to go three-and-out, Bonner took possession at its own 41. It took all of one play to take a 20-8 lead. Jonathan Walker found the end zone again after receiving a handoff on a quick hitting run play that took advantage of the blitzing Bobcat defense. Nobody touched him as he raced 59 yards. The Braves missed the extra point attempt and held on to a 12-point lead.
Basehor scored at the start of the fourth quarter making the score to 20-14. Aided by two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the Braves totaling 30 yards, the Bobcats punched it in the end zone on a 1-yard plunge by Leppke.
The Braves wasted little time in getting that touchdown back. On the second play of the ensuing possession, Eastland play-faked, rolled right and released a perfect spiral that found a streaking Jeremy Walker for a 59-yard touchdown. The catch was his second of more than 50 yards for the game. After the extra point, the score was 27-14 in favor of the Braves.
With 4:11 remaining, Jonathan Walker put the game out of reach with a touchdown run of 23 yards. After a successful 2-point conversion, the score was 35-14, which would be the final score.
The 2-0 Braves will travel to Lansing on Friday, and the 1-1 Bobcats will host Mill Valley.