League champions place 12 on All-KVL postseason squad
Basehor-Linwood football players lauded by league coaches after posting 8-2 season
When a team sets records for victories in a season and wins the Kaw Valley League title, postseason honors are a given.
Such was the case for the Basehor-Linwood football team as seven players earned All-Kaw Valley League first team selections.
“Oh yes, it goes without saying, the team that wins the league should have the most first-team players,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “Certainly, I will be the first to say that having the best players helps you win.”
Brandon Leppke led the list of selected players, earning first-team recognition as a quarterback and punter.
In the quarterback battle, he narrowly edged out Piper’s Jasper Sanders.
“They were both so very good, there was a lot of consensus among the coaches that we wished we could recognize both of them,” Hopkins said. “They deserved it.”
Leppke was a dual-threat quarterback. Rushing the football, he set school records with 265 carries for 1,632 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He also set passing records as he completed 98 of 173 attempts for 1,391 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Zach Ross was a first-team selection on the offensive line. Ross was a four-year starter for the Bobcats at center and combined with Leppke to lead a resurgent BLHS offense.
He was a leader on the offensive line for the Bobcats.
Leppke had the luxury of throwing to the Murphy twins.
Ryan Murphy was selected at tight end, and Colin Murphy was selected at wide receiver.
The two players each had more than 30 catches this season and were practically impossible to guard with a single defender because of their 6-foot-4 size.
Ryan Murphy had 33 receptions for 601 yards and nine touchdowns. Colin Murphy had 31 receptions for 557 yards and eight touchdowns.
“They both had more than 30 catches,” Hopkins said. “You wonder how it shakes out in the voting. They both did an outstanding job.”
Defensive lineman John Schewmon was a first-team selection with five quarterback sacks. He was part of a defensive line that made linebackers’ jobs easier, allowing them to roam and make tackles.
Linebacker Chandler King was one such benefactor, recording 109 tackles with 23 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception three forced fumbles and one recovery.
Basehor-Linwood also had one second-team selection. Tim Stephens was a second-team selection at defensive back.
Caleb Johnson earned honorable mention for his play on the offensive line. Jake Potts was selected for his play on defensive line. Potts recorded 80 tackles and five sacks.
Bobby Courtney was selected at defensive back while Jesse Hiss was selected at linebacker. Hiss recorded 101 tackles with 13 tackles for loss and two sacks.
The postseason awards could continue as All-State selections are announced in the coming weeks.