Basehor blows out Bonner Springs
Any concerns that Basehor-Linwood’s offensive eruption in week one was a fluke were erased Friday night.
Facing a tougher opponent and larger school in Bonner Springs, the Bobcats collected their second 40-plus-point games in as many tries while rolling to a 44-21 victory Friday night in a football rivalry game at BLHS.
The Bobcats used a heavy dose of running by quarterback Brandon Leppke, but also blended in deep passes to Ryan and Colin Murphy. The mix of speed, size and power — and experience — proved to be too much as a veteran group of Bobcats dominated an inexperienced Braves squad.
Basehor scored just 94 seconds into the game as Leppke capped a four-play drive with a 2-yard quarterback keeper. Bobby Courtney’s extra point made it 7-0.
Bonner Springs’ Jake Barren intercepted a Leppke pass on the Bobcats’ second possession of the game. The Braves then marched the other way. A 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Eastland to Jourdaine Smallwood put BSHS on the board. The 2-point conversion failed, but Basehor’s lead was down to 7-6.
The Bobcats’ third possession ended with another interception, this time by Nick Carver on the goal line. Bonner Springs was unable to capitalize, and Basehor responded with a four-play, 49-yard drive — all on Leppke runs. He capped it with a 1-yard sneak. He then tossed to Jake Potts for the 2-point conversion, and BLHS led 15-6 with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
The Braves looked poised to climb back into the game. They were driving early in the fourth quarter, but an Eastland pass was picked off by Tim Stephens. Shortly thereafter, Leppke trotted into the end zone for another touchdown. Courtney’s kick made it 22-6.
After a Bonner Springs punt, the Basehor offense delivered another touchdown, this time with 2:13 left in the half, when Colin Murphy shrugged off double coverage to haul in a 27-yard touchdown pass. Leppke’s toss to Derek Shandy made the score 30-6.
Courtney recovered a Bonner Springs fumble with just over a minute remaining in the half, and a few seconds later Leppke connected with Ryan Murphy for a 46-yard touchdown strike. Courtney’s kick made the lead 37-6 with 58 seconds left in the half. The score stood through intermission.
Leppke threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Murphy on the Bobcats’ first possession of the third quarter. Courtney’s kick made the lead 44-6.
Bonner Springs answered with a six-play, 46-yard drive that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by Max Barren. Barren also ran in the 2-point conversion and made the score 44-14.
Arlando Young recovered a fumble and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter for Bonner Springs’ final score of the game. Jacob Slattery kicked the extra point.
For a full recap of the game, pick up Thursday’s newspaper.