Bobcats run over Lions
Half of the high-flying Murphy show was sidelined Friday when Basehor-Linwood wide receiver Ryan Murphy missed the game with an injury. Meanwhile, quarterback Colin Murphy played but was limited by a lower back injury that made it painful to pass.
What could the Bobcats possibly do?
Well, there’s always the running game.
The Bobcats ran the ball 54 times and threw just nine times along the way to a 26-7 victory against Lansing at home.
Steyr Stubenrauch carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards and Jesse Hiss rushed 15 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Skylar Ross returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. Despite the failed 2-point conversion attempt, the Bobcats led 6-0 after just 14 seconds.
Lansing was slow to respond. The Lions went three-and-out on their first possession and then turned it over on the next two — the first on an interception by Hiss and the second on a fumble recovery by Garret Kahle.
The second turnover gave BLHS a short field and led to the Bobcats’ second touchdown. After three runs by Stubenrauch, one by Hiss and another by Drew Potter, Colin Murphy scored on a 7-yard run to the left side. The 2-point conversion failed, but BLHS led 12-0 with 9:41 left in the second quarter.
Lansing went three-and-out on its ensuing drive — the final play which ended with a sack by Caleb Johnson for a 6-yard loss — and the Bobcats responded with their third touchdown of the half. They drove 31 yards on eight plays (seven of them runs), and capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge up the middle by Hiss that made the lead 18-0 with 4:11 left in the first half.
It appeared that would remain the score at halftime as Basehor-Linwood forced LHS into another three-and-out, but the Bobcats fumbled the punt and Lansing recovered. Moments later, LHS quarterback Litton Van Der Werff dumped off a pass to Nick Hughes on the right side. Hughes slipped out of a tackle, reversed the field and raced 39 yards to the end zone. Brad Brown’s extra point brought the Lions within 18-7 with 1:13 left in the second quarter, and that’s where the score stayed until late in the third quarter.
BLHS worked with a short field on its second drive of the third quarter. After starting on the Lansing 40, The Bobcats moved to the 25 after four straight carries by Stubenrauch. A pass interference call took the Bobcats inside the 13. From there, the Lions locked up the BLHS running game, so Colin Murphy improvised with the passing game by rolling to his right and Ben Johnson over the middle for a 10-yard touchdown. The pair hooked up again for the 2-point conversion to make the lead 26-7 with 2:21 left in the third quarter.
Lansing went three-and-out on its next possession. Basehor-Linwood followed with a 17-play drive — 16 of them runs — that didn’t result in any points but did gobble up 8:50 of game time and essentially ended the game.