Basehor-Linwood routs Bonner Springs
Basehor-Linwood’s football coaches called timeout with a minute left to play in the third quarter.
The Bobcats’ fan base let out its latest cheer of the night.
The first-team defense subbed out of the game. As players walked to the sidelines, they performed the trendy jump-and-bump celebration and congratulated each other on the sidelines.
They were well in control of an eventual 44-19 victory against rival Bonner Springs, and they were savoring the moment Friday night at David Jaynes Stadium.
Throughout the game, the Bobcats’ defensive linemen won the battle on the line of scrimmage. They had stopped seven running or passing plays for a loss in the first half.
“I thought defensively we played exceptionally well with the exception of a few times where they broke containment,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said.
The Bobcats’ linebackers were dominant throughout the game.
Basehor-Linwood led 44-0 and was rolling on offense, with two players scoring multiple rushing touchdowns by the time the starters sat down.
Hopkins said he thought his team played a complete game. The Bobcats did a nice job of executing the correct running and passing plays.
Bonner Springs played its best football in the fourth quarter. The Braves scored three times to close the gap a bit.
“Our kids kept going in the fourth quarter, but it was against their second team,” BSHS coach Lew Kasselman said. “We got our butts kicked tonight. We have to come back and work to get better.”
Kasselman credited Basehor-Linwood for its solid all-around performance.
“They are a good team with powerful running backs and wide receivers,” he said. “They are a good physical team with big offensive linemen.”
On offense, Basehor-Linwood featured a balanced attack. Jesse Hiss and Steyr Stubenrauch each scored multiple touchdowns. Colin Murphy and Chandler King also scored touchdowns.
BLHS scored on its first drive of the night. Stubenrauch returned the opening kickoff to the 25-yard line. The Bobcats completed a big pass from Colin Murphy to Ben Johnson for a 19-yard gain. They scored three plays later when Murphy walked the ball in for a 2-yard touchdown on a designed quarterback sweep.
The 2-point conversion was good on a pass from Murphy to Johnson, and BLHS led 8-0.
Basehor-Linwood scored on its next drive. Colin Murphy tossed a 63-yard pass to Ryan Murphy, putting the ball at the 41-yard line. Later, on third- and-20, the Murphy’s hooked up again for a 29-yard gain. Moments later, Hiss scored on a 2-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Bobcats led 14-0.
Bonner Springs got its first break later in the quarter with an interception by J.J. Jackson. The Braves were unable to capitalize, however. They ran out the clock in the first quarter and then had to punt early in the second quarter. Basehor-Linwood took possession at the 50-yard line.
Basehor-Linwood scored later in the half. The Bobcats grinded the ball out on offense and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run by Stubenrauch.
The Bobcats statistically dominated the first half. Colin Murphy completed 8 of 14 passes for 163 yards. Ryan Murphy had 124 yards receiving on five catches.
The score was 22-0 at halftime.
Basehor-Linwood scored first in the third quarter on a short touchdown run by Stubenrauch. The play capped an extended drive. The 2-point conversion worked with a pass from Nathan Quigley to Tanner Garver.
Basehor-Linwood scored on its next drive. Colin Murphy completed a 46-yard pass to Stubenrauch, and then Hiss scored on a 1-yard run. The extra point was no good.
Bonner Springs turned the ball over on its next possession when Garret Kahle intercepted a halfback pass.
Later, the Bobcats scored on a 13-yard run by King.
The 2-point conversion gave BLHS a 44-0 lead.
Bonner Springs scored its first points in the fourth quarter when Jourdaine Smallwood found Lucas Porras for a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Braves successfully ran for the 2-point conversion.
The Braves scored on a field goal by Derek Rodgers to make it 44-11.
The Braves scored one more touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Jonathan Blackwell to Joe Dooley. The 2-point conversion was good on a Joe Hillario run.
After the game, Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs coaches shook hands. Then the two teams huddled 10 yards apart.
Basehor-Linwood coaches spoke about the game. Players were smiling and then they counted down to 44 and broke.
In the Bonner Springs huddle, faces were a little more somber. The team has to keep working to get better.
“I am going to come in Monday at 6:30 and be ready to get better,” one coach said, challenging the team to do the same.
Basehor-Linwood (4-0) plays host to Turner on Friday night for homecoming.
Bonner Springs (0-4) plays at Tonganoxie.