Bobcats hold off Chieftains in 2OT
Tonganoxie’s 2-point conversion bid falls short as Basehor escapes
Tonganoxie took a gamble in a district road game Friday night and busted.
THS made a gutsy move in double overtime, going for a two-point conversion and the win. But Basehor-Linwood snuffed out a Jeremy Carlisle quarterback sneak up the middle to secure a 28-27 victory at home.
Carlisle got a good push from the offensive line on the game’s deciding play but the Bobcats stopped him mere inches from the goal line.
It was a wild finish to a wild game.
THS coach Mark Elston said he didn’t regret the play call.
“It was one that I had confidence in,” the coach said after the one-point heartbreaker. “We knew they were gonna be blitzin’ … We were a half-inch away.”
Elston said after BLHS quarterback Brandon Leppke hit Colin Murphy for a 10-yard score on the first possession of the second overtime, setting up a 28-21 Bobcats lead, the 10th-year THS coach made up his mind: Tonganoxie would go for broke if it reached the end zone.
When Dylan Faulconer hauled in an improbable TD catch from Carlisle on third-and-19, Elston felt like his squad had momentum. Plus, the coach thought the THS defense was “starting to run out of steam.”
The defense certainly held up through most of the intense rivalry game with BLHS (6-1). Following a potentially crushing turnover from Tonganoxie (5-2) in the final two minutes of regulation, corner Shawn Marin picked off a Leppke pass to help force the game to overtime. Prior to that, the Chieftains knocked the Bobcats out of the red zone with under four minutes to go with a combined sack of Leppke by Jason Espeland and Jeff Sims on second down and a Dane Gonser sack on third-and-16.
THS senior running back Jeremie Maus busted a 49-yard TD run with 10:33 to go in the fourth quarter, and an extra point from Amos White, who hit all three of his attempts, tied the game at 21.
Tonganoxie back Austen Holloway gave the Chieftains confidence early with two first-half rushing touchdowns. On the opening drive, he devoured 58 yards on four carries, capping it with a 41-yard score.
Basehor countered with a 9-yard TD pass from Leppke to Ryan Murphy in the first quarter and a 15-yard strike from Leppke to Richie O’Donnell in the second quarter. Bobby Courtney successfully kicked both extra points.
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime.
Leppke scored on a 3-yard run during the third quarter that put the Bobcats ahead, 21-14. They took that lead into the fourth quarter before Maus’ long run tied the game.
Basehor improves to 6-1 with the victory. It also is 5-1 in the Kaw Valley League and tied for first place. Most important, however, is that the Bobcats are 1-0 in district play. They play Bishop Ward (5-2) next week. Tonganoxie (5-2) will play Piper (5-2).
The BLHS-THS thriller was the Sunflower Broadband Ch. 6 Game of the Week and can be viewed on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
For a full recap, pick up Thursday’s edition of The Sentinel.