Slew of Bobcats selected to all-area football teams
Players on the Basehor-Linwood football team have been honored for their play on the field this season.
The team finished 8-2 and set school records for victories in a season and winning percentage, and had six players selected to various all-state teams.
The number of selected players is an increase over previous seasons, coach Steve Hopkins said.
“Oh yeah, traditionally we get one or two,” he said. “To have five recognized as all state is outstanding. That speaks to what a good year we had. You don't have a good year without good players. We were really pleased.”
Players were selected to teams by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle newspapers and the Kansas Football Coaches Association.
The coach’s association team is selected by coaches who gather for a meeting and watch highlights of nominated players.
Jake Potts was a first-team selection on defensive line. Brandon Leppke was a second team selection at quarterback.
Leppke was a dual-threat quarterback this season. Rushing the football, he set school records with 265 attempts for 1,632 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He also set passing records completing 98 of 173 attempts 1,391 yards at 56.65 percent and throwing 20 touchdown passes.
Zack Ross was a second team selection on the offensive line. Ross was a first team selection on the offensive line. He was a four-year starter for the Bobcats at center and combined with Leppke to lead a resurgent Bobcats offense.
Leppke was a first-team selection and John Shewmon was an honorable mention selection as a defensive lineman. He recorded five sacks this season.
He was part of a defensive line that made linebackers jobs easier, allowing them to roam and make tackles.
Ryan Murphy was an honorable mention selection at wide receiver. Ryan had 33 receptions for 601 yards and nine touchdowns.
Leppke was a second team selection as a quarterback. Colin Murphy was selected as an honorable mention selection at tight end. He had 31 receptions for 557 yards and eight touchdowns.