King gives boost to Basehor-Linwood’s defense, running attack
Chandler King cut his nose during Friday’s game against Washington.
He had to leave the game briefly to get it taped up.
The nose wasn’t broken, just a cut, a battle scar, something to tell family members and friends about in what is becoming a memorable season for the Basehor-Linwood junior linebacker.
The cut is just a side note in what was an impressive game for him.
King had 10 tackles in the game, including five tackles for a loss. He also forced a fumble.
On offense, King picked up his first touchdown of the season.
Yet defense is where his name gets called the most by stadium announcers.
King recorded 103 tackles last season. This season, he has had double-digit tackles in four of five games.
He had 11 tackles in a victory against Bonner Springs earlier this season. A week later, he had 18 in a loss to Mill Valley and followed it up with 13 in a victory against Turner.
In the season opener, he recorded six tackles against Santa Fe Trail.
King, who was an All-Kaw Valley League selection at linebacker last year, said he took pride in what the unit was doing this season.
“Yeah, I believe that our defense can pull our team out of difficult situations and give our offense more time with the ball,” he said. “Our defense is strong enough to hold our own.”
The Bobcats are finding ways to score on defense each week, and King is responsible for taking the coaches’ signals from the sidelines and telling his fellow defensive players where to line up.
He wears a formation sheet on his arm during games, and is responsible for calling out the different formations, Hopkins said.
He also said King could go unblocked on a lot of plays, and was the benefactor of playing behind a stout defensive line that took up a lot of opposing blockers with just four players.
“When you have four guys taking up their linemen, they have no one to block any of our linebackers,” Hopkins said.
That group of linemen includes the likes of Jon Schewemon, Derek Shandy, Richie O’Donnell, Zach Ross and Dakota Webber.
As a result of their play, King and fellow linebacker Jesse Hiss are able to swarm to the football and get a lot of tackles.
“I feel like we have good defensive line that makes my job easy,” King said.
It is a system that is working for the Bobcats, and it was very successful against Washington.
“We did a good job of tackling against them,” Hopkins said.
Now, the Bobcats must continue progressing as a defense and improving.
The team will have to work on its pass defense in order to beat Lansing on Friday night, King said.
“We have to do a good job of stopping the pass against Lansing this week,” King said.