Bobcats bounce back, take down Turner
Courtney’s interception caps big victory for BLHS
Bobby Courtney saved his best for Friday night.
He had been the odd man out on defense throughout the week.
Basehor-Linwood’s scout team offense had run Turner plays as part of a bubble drill designed to help the Bobcats recognize formations and plays during games.
BLHS defensive players had correctly read the play and recorded interceptions throughout the week, with the exception of Courtney.
He just didn’t get the interception.
During the third quarter of Friday’s game, though, with the score 18-6, and Turner threatening to climb back into the game, Courtney’s time for an interception arrived. He picked off a Nick Bloomer pass and raced 55 yards for the touchdown.
“That was a lot of fun,” he said after the game. “It helped the team out a lot. It pumped us up and got the team going. When you see nothing but space, it is a good feeling. When you run into the end zone and you turn around and see everyone coming after you, it is a great feeling.”
With the TD, Basehor-Linwood went up 24-6, essentially putting the game out of reach en route to a 26-13 victory. Quarterback Brandon Leppke scored the 2-point conversion.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to the 3-1 on the season and plays at Washington on Friday, Oct. 2.
Against Turner, Leppke finished with more than 150 yards rushing in the game, carrying the football at least 30 times.
Turner answered Basehor-Linwood’s score early in the fourth quarter.
David Bernall rushed in for a 12-yard touchdown. The play followed a 30-yard run by Rashon Thames and also a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Bobcats that put Turner in scoring range. The extra point was good and the score was 26-13.
Neither team scored the rest of the quarter. However, the big play prevailed in the first half of the game.
Basehor-Linwood scored first midway through the first quarter when Leppke took the snap and tossed a lateral pass to Colin Murphy, who threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Murphy.
Courtney kicked the extra point.
“That is one of those gadget plays that we work on,” coach Steve Hopkins said. “You can’t run them very often.”
Basehor-Linwood scored its next points off a turnover. Turner prepared to punt the football on fourth down and five, and then the ball was snapped over Bloomer’s head and rolled to a stop. Bloomer picked it up and then fumbled the football away due to a jarring hit.
Basehor-Linwood’s Jake Potts recovered the football for the touchdown. He then caught the 2-point conversion.
Turner rebounded on its next possession. On a fourth-and-five play, Bloomer threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Austin McLure that appeared to break Basehor-Linwood’s momentum and make it a one-score game. The extra point attempt failed.
The two teams traded possessions during the second quarter. Late in the quarter, BLHS took possession at the 4-yard line on a Chandler King interception. Leppke fumbled the snap and Turner recovered it near the 4-yard line. The Bears ran four three yards on first down, then attempted a sneak on second down.
Turner looked to spike the ball on third down, but the clock ran out and the Bears came away emptyhanded.
The score was 15-6 at halftime.
BLHS controlled the third quarter. Leppke ran the ball 10 times. Combined, Turner ran just three plays.
The Bobcats started the half a 12-play drive that ended with an incomplete pass.
After Turner ran three plays and punted, Leppke led the Bobcats on a 10-play drive that ended with a Courtney field goal.
For a full recap of the game, pick up this week’s edition of The Sentinel.