Rain delay no problem for Bobcats in victory against Cyclones
The Basehor-Linwood football team had its game well under control Friday night at Bishop Ward before a thunderstorm halted play.
When the game resumed Saturday afternoon, the Bobcats put the finishing touches on a 34-0 victory.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 2-0 both overall and in the Kaw Valley League.
Before the game was delayed due to weather with 8:38 left in the second quarter, the Bobcats unleashed a storm of their own on the Cyclones.
Basehor-Linwood scored early in the first quarter.
The Bobcats’ first touchdown occurred less than two minutes into the game when Colin Murphy connected with tight end Ben Johnson on a 32-yard pass. The play capped a seven-play, 68-yard drive.
The score was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, but it could have been greater as BLHS failed to convert on multiple fourth-down plays.
Basehor-Linwood forced another fumble early in the second quarter. The Cyclones’ quarterback fumbled the ball while attempting to throw. Jesse Hiss forced and recovered the fumble. Basehor-Linwood recovered and scored on a pass from Murphy to Nathan Quigley. The extra point attempt was no good by Destry Bryan.
The extra point attempt was the final play before referees stopped the game due to lightning in the area.
When play resumed Saturday afternoon, Basehor-Linwood’s control of the game continued.
The Bobcats promptly scored twice on defense. They recorded a safety and then struck again when Dalton Mellies scored a touchdown on defense to make it a 28-0 lead going into halftime.
The Bobcats scored again in the fourth quarter when Hiss rushed in for a 32-yard touchdown.
Basehor-Linwood’s defense was the game’s dominant unit holding Bishop Ward to minus-25 yards rushing on 23 plays.
Chandler King led the team with nine tackles and a sack. Skylar Ross had seven tackles. Johnson had six tackles and three sacks. Hiss also had six tackles.
Bishop Ward completed 12 of 28 passes for 111 yards. The Cyclones never got the football inside Basehor-Linwood’s 30-yard line.
Offensively, BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said it was a frustrating performance. The Bobcats ran the ball well at times, but they failed to convert in short yardage situations. They failed on a couple of fourth down attempts as well.
Basehor-Linwood rushed 46 times for 234 yards. Steyr Stubenrauch rushed 13 times for 70 yards. Hiss had four rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Murphy completed 10 of 20 passes for 122 yards.
Basehor-Linwood plays host to Lansing (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.