Bobcats set for Tuesday playoff game
BASEHOR-LINWOOD (8-1) vs. JEFFERSON COUNTY WEST (6-3)
7 p.m. Tuesday, at BLHS
Basehor-Linwood is making its third straight appearance in the Class 4A football state playoffs, and the Bobcats’ expectations are as high as ever.
The Bobcats — winners of six games in a row — secured a share of the Kaw Valley League championship, as well as the District 2 title, by holding on for a 15-12 victory against Piper on Thursday.
Dual-threat quarterback Brandon Leppke is Basehor’s offensive leader. A four-year starter under center, Leppke has thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season and rushed for more than 1,400. His favorite targets are sophomore twin brothers Ryan Murphy and Colin Murphy who have combined for more than 900 yards receiving.
BLHS also boasts a stout defense that is led by heavy-hitting linebackers Chandler King, a junior, and Jesse Hiss, a sophomore. The Bobcats are holding opponents to under 15 points per game on average.
The Bobcats face a formidable foe in Jefferson County West. The Tigers (6-3) have been flat-out dominant at times, such as when they crushed Maur Hill, 59-14, and Atchison, 33-7. They’ve also won close battles, such as a 21-13 victory against Sabetha or a 26-21 victory against Nemaha Valley. Their three losses are to teams that are a combined 21-6.
Perhaps the Tigers’ most impressive performance of the season came in a 16-13 loss to Holton (9-0) in the district finale.
The winner will advance to play in the second round Saturday against the winner of the Eudora-De Soto bidistrict game.