Stubenrauch, Bobcats are football kings on homecoming
Basehor-Linwood linebacker Steyr Stubenrauch was crowned homecoming king on Friday and his teammates helped him celebrate with a 26-6 victory against Turner.
Stubenrauch caught passes underneath, rushed the football and was part of a Basehor-Linwood linebacking corps that frustrated the Bears for four quarters.
Basehor-Linwood’s defense combined for three goal-line stands in the victory, making critical stops when called upon.
The momentum turned in the Bobcats’ favor during the first quarter.
Basehor-Linwood marched 68 yards in eight plays on the first drive of the game.
Bobcats quarterback Colin Murphy completed three passes for 59 yards on the drive and scored on a 2-yard run. He connected with tight end Ben Johnson for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
On the next possession, Turner running back David Bernal rushed 80 yards on the second play of the drive, but he was caught on the play by Basehor-Linwood’s Skylar Ross.
“Often forgotten is that Skylar Ross ran him down and got him to go out of bounds,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “We talk all the time about making them run another play, and we did that. We were able to get the stop.”
The play changed the complexion of the game. Instead of potentially being tied, Turner turned the ball over after falling short on fourth down.
The Bobcats got the ball back inside their 5-yard line, and turned the ball over on a fumble by quarterback Ryan Murphy.
Again, Turner had the ball inside the 10-yard line, but could not capitalize. After failing to move the ball on three consecutive downs, Turner missed a field goal on fourth down.
With the ball back, Basehor-Linwood went back to work. The team marched 80 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. Johnson caught a 38-yard pass from Colin Murphy for a touchdown.
While the Bobcats had chances to score throughout the first half, Turner’s defense didn’t allow them to get blown out. The Bears forced three turnovers, including two interceptions.
The Bears just didn’t mount much offense in the half. They had 97 yards rushing on 13 carries and completed one pass before halftime.
Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood had 106 yards passing and 62 yards rushing by intermission.
In the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood stressed the ground game on offense. The Bobcats rushed the ball on 11 of 12 plays and then scored on a field goal by Garret Kahle for a 19-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood put together a 10-play drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Ross.
Following the score, Basehor-Linwood put its second team into the game. The Bears responded by scoring on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Paul Berry to De’Andre Walters. The extra point attempt was no good.
On the play, Basehor-Linwood players attempted to wrestle Walters to the ground at the 1-yard line, but failed to hold him out of the end zone.
Basehor-Linwood was unable to score the rest of the game. Late in the game, Turner again drove the field against Basehor-Linwood. This time, though, the BLHS starting defense went back into the game and held the Bears at the goal line.
The Bobcats continued their season-long trend of posting lofty numbers on offense. They compiled 25 first downs, and quarterback Colin Murphy completed 16 of 32 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. In addition, receiver Ryan Murphy caught five passes for 82 yards. Stubenrauch added six catches for 56 yards.
Stubenrauch also rushed 12 times for 48 yards. Jesse Hiss had seven carries for 49 yards.
Defensively, Hiss led the Bobcats with 13 tackles, Chandler King had 12, Dalton Mellies had 11 and Drew Potter had 10.
Basehor-Linwood (5-0 overall, 5-0 Kaw Valley League) next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Mill Valley 4-1, 4-1).
— Steyr Stubenrauch was selected homecoming king on Friday.
— The game was carried live on Metro Sports by Time Warner Cable. It was the first time the network has broadcast a BLHS game.
— The 2010 softball state championship team was recognized on homecoming. The squad won the first state title in program history.