Bobcats crush Washington, 49-12
Kansas City, Kan. The Basehor-Linwood football team made it look easy Friday night.
The Bobcats stifled the Washington offense with Chandler King and numerous other players shutting the opponent down most of the game.
Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood’s offensive line opened up big holes and Brandon Leppke ran through arm tackles. He had three touchdowns and more than 130 yards rushing at halftime.
In short, Basehor-Linwood did what it was supposed to do against Washington — win easily and tweak the playbook so upcoming teams saw new wrinkles.
The game was over early and ended with a 49-12 victory.
The Bobcats scored less than four minutes into the game when King rushed in for a 6-yard touchdown. The score was the first rushing touchdown this season by someone not named Leppke for the Bobcats.
Basehor-Linwood scored on defense later in the quarter. Washington took over deep in its own territory. The team’s quarterback fumbled the football, and Derek Shandy recovered the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. Bobby Courtney kicked the extra point.
The score marks the third consecutive game when the Bobcats have scored on defense.
Colin Murphy entered at quarterback on the Bobcats’ next drive. Leppke switched to the slot. With the ball in Washington territory, Murphy connected with his brother, Ryan Murphy, for a 26-yard pass. The Bobcats scored a short time later on an end-around play with Leppke carrying into the end zone out of the slot position.
Early in the second quarter, Nathan Quigley intercepted a Washington pass and returned the ball to the 49-yard line. Playing in the slot position, Leppke scored on a 20-yard run. The Bobcats led 28-0.
Courtney kicked an odd, wobbly ball on his next kickoff that went all of 12 yards and was recovered by the Bobcats.
Leppke — back at quarterback — rushed 49 yards for the touchdown.
Washington got on the board with five minutes left in the second quarter when quarterback Kyndale Prather rushed for a 22-yard touchdown. The play was a designed draw for the Wildcats. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
There was no score the rest of the half and BLHS led 33-6 at halftime.
In the second half, BLHS backups gained invaluable experience as they played most of the time.
BLHS drove the distance of the field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Colin Murphy to Ryan Murphy. The extra point attempt was good.
On Washington’s next possession, the Wildcats snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and out of the end zone. The play was ruled a safety.
BLHS looked to establish its running game on the next possession. The Bobcats rushed eight times and scored on a 13-yard run by Dakota Webber with less than a minute left in the quarter.
Washington scored on the second play of the fourth quarter with a 43-yard touchdown run by Prather. The extra point attempt failed.
BLHS unloaded the bench for most of the rest of the game.
With the victory, BLHS improves to 4-1 on the season. The team plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Lansing. LHS dropped to 1-4 on Friday with a 21-19 loss to Perry-Lecompton.
For a full recap of the game, pick up the Oct. 8 issue of The Sentinel.