Basehor-Linwood blows out Washington, cruises to 4-1
Kansas City, Kan. The Basehor-Linwood football team made it look easy Friday night in a 49-12 victory.
The Bobcats stifled the Washington offense with Chandler King and numerous other players, shutting the Wildcats down most of the game.
Washington rushed for 169 yards on 32 carries, with the majority of those yards coming late in the game against the Bobcats’ reserves. The Wildcats completed three of 13 passes for 23 yards and had just six first downs.
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.
He finished the game with 17 carries for 152 yards.
In short, Basehor-Linwood did what it was supposed to do against Washington — win easily and tweak the playbook to prepare for future games.
Entering the game, Basehor-Linwood coaches and players said their focus was on playing well and not necessarily worrying about what Washington would do. After the game, BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said it was a game film the team could use to learn from its mistakes and evaluate younger players who gained invaluable playing time in the second half.
“We will look at the mistakes we made and also accent a lot of the positive things that we did in the game,” Hopkins said. “We got a lot of young kids into the game tonight who will be able to use this film session as an opportunity to get better. This is an opportunity for them that they might not normally have.”
BLHS backups and underclassmen played a lot in the second half because the game was a blowout early.
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 marked the third consecutive game BLHS has 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 took the handoff and 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 garnered most of the playing time.
BLHS drove the length of the field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Colin Murphy to Ryan Murphy. The extra point attempt was good. Colin Murphy completed five of six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the game. Ryan Murphy recorded six receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. He averaged more than 20 yards per reception.
On Washington’s next possession, the Wildcats snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and out of the end zone for a safety. Basehor-Linwood’s defense accounted for two scores in the game — first the touchdown and then the safety.
King led the team with 10 tackles, including five for a loss. Jon Shewmon and Jake Potts each recorded nine tackles. Derek Shandy had eight tackles.
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.
Hopkins said he was pleased with his team’s performance, but he told the Bobcats they would need to correct some things and improve their collective play as district competition approaches.
With the victory, BLHS improves to 4-1 on the season. The team plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Lansing. LHS dropped to 1-4 on Friday with a 21-19 loss to Perry-Lecompton.
“We have not beaten them in the six years that I have been here,” Hopkins said. “To take that step forward as a program it would be good to get a win.”