BLHS takes down Perry, wins district championship
Colin Murphy and the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats completed a perfect regular season Thursday with a 43-20 victory against Perry-Lecompton at BLHS.
Murphy completed 10 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown. His performance — coupled with a balanced rushing attack that accrued more than 200 yards rushing and a group of receivers that caught passes throughout the game — helped Basehor-Linwood fend off Perry-Lecompton and win the Class 4A district championship.
The defense also played a key role for the Bobcats in rallying from a 14-7 first-half deficit.
“It wasn’t easy, but a win is a win,” coach Steve Hopkins said of the game.
Perry-Lecompton led 14-7 early in the game, scoring first on a 40-yard pass from Jeremy Immennschuh to Jonathan Denton. Taylor Akagi kicked the extra point.
On their next drive, though, Basehor-Linwood scored on a 1-yard run by Colin Murphy. Garrett Kahle made the extra point.
Perry-Lecompton scored on a 1-yard run by Trent Robb to take a 14-7 lead.
Following the score, Basehor-Linwood took control of the game possession by possession. The offense went on an extended drive that concluded with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Colin Murphy to Ryan Murphy.
The score was tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.
“We made a mistake early and they scored on us, after that I was happy with how we played,” Hopkins said. “We answered their initial two touchdowns. We were down 14-7 and were rattled. We went on to outscore them 36-6 from that point on. We began to tighten down defensively and continue to score.”
In the second quarter, Jesse Hiss rushed for a 6-yard touchdown. The Bobcats converted on a 2-point conversion pass from Nathan Quigley to Ben Johnson.
Basehor-Linwood led 22-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood’s defense held Perry-Lecompton to three plays and a punt. The Bobcats then scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Colin Murphy to Tanner Garver. Garret Kahle made the extra point. The Bobcats later scored on a 40-yard pass from Colin Murphy to Ben Johnson.
Later in the quarter, Basehor-Linwood made a 38-yard field goal that was waived off by a penalty. Perry-Lecompton responded by scoring a touchdown with a 1-yard run by Luke Kellum.
Basehor-Linwood led 36-20 entering the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jesse Hiss rushed for a 32-yard touchdown run to give Basehor-Linwood a deciding lead.
Neither team scored the rest of the game.
Basehor-Linwood was balanced on offense against Perry-Lecompton. Jesse Hiss rushed 14 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Steyr Stubenrauch had 16 rushes for 117 yards. Colin Murphy completed 10 of 16 for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
He threw to a variety of receivers in the victory. Ryan Murphy had three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown. Ben Johnson two catches 65 yards and a touchdown.
Tanner Garver had two catches and a touchdown.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood clinched a district championship and finished the regular season 9-0.
“We are the district champs and get to play at home,” Hopkins said. “You want to be at home, you want to not make travel plans. I hope the community comes out and supports us.”
The undefeated record is also significant.
“Never been done here, and (assistant) coach (David) Svoboda tells me there was on 0-9 team a few years back,” Hopkins said. “It also means in two years the seniors have lost one regular-season game. It is good to celebrate it, celebrate through the night and tomorrow go to work.”
With the win over Perry-Lecompton, Basehor-Linwood advances to play host to Sumner Academy, 8-1, in a first-round playoff game on Tuesday.
Piper defeated Sumner Academy 19-14.
“What I know is obviously great speed, been averaging 50 points a game, obviously Piper shut them down and that is encouraging,” Hopkins said. “We have to focus on keeping them contained. They have a lot of weapons.”