Basehor blasts Lansing, 42-7
Lansing Basehor-Linwood concluded the first part of the football season with a 42-7 victory over Lansing High School on Friday.
The win improves the Bobcats to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Kaw Valley League. It also was coach Steve Hopkins’ first victory over Lansing in his career.
The usual formula was in play for the Bobcats against the Lions. BLHS played stifling defense and ran the ball with quarterback Brandon Leppke. When necessary, the Bobcats threw the ball short and then deep to twin brothers Colin and Ryan Murphy.
Leppke rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more.
In the first quarter, he scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run midway through the quarter.
The Lions drove the ball on their next possession but came away empty handed. On the drive, Lansing quarterback Litton Van Der Werff rushed for a 38-yard gain deep into Basehor-Linwood territory. The drive stalled when BLHS linebacker Chandler King made a big tackle on third down. The field goal attempt was no good and Basehor-Linwood led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Basehor-Linwood scored on the first play of the second quarter when Leppke tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Colin Murphy. On the 2-point conversion, Leppke pitched the ball to Jesse Hiss who rushed to the end zone, completing the conversion.
Following the extra point, BLHS failed to recover an onside kick attempt. Lansing embarked on a 10-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a touchdown by Van Der Werff. The extra point attempt by Brady Barnes was good.
Basehor-Linwood put together another nice drive on its next possession. The Bobcats picked up big yardage on a screen pass from Leppke to Steyr Stubenrauch who rumbled 36 yards down to the Lions’ 11-yard line.
BLHS running back Jesse Hiss scored a few plays later on a 4-yard touchdown run. The touchdown was the final score of the half, and the Bobcats led 20-7 at intermission.
Early in the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood scored points after a Lansing turnover. The Lions were driving with the football when Spencer Blew fumbled and Dakota Webber hopped on the football.
Moments later, Leppke tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Murphy. The Bobcats converted the 2-point conversion when Leppke tossed the ball to Richie O’Donnell.
Leppke rushed for another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He broke another 45-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, giving the Bobcats a 42-7 lead.
Lansing failed to score the rest of the game, and the Bobcats picked up their third straight victory since falling to Mill Valley, 17-14, on Sept. 18.
Basehor-Linwood begins district play on Friday, Oct. 16, with a home game against Tonganoxie (5-1).
For a complete recap of Friday’s game, please see this week’s edition of the Basehor Sentinel.