Bobcats scrap past Bears, turn focus to Mill Valley
Kansas City, Kan. Now the real fun starts for the Basehor-Linwood football team which is ready for the second season to begin after defeating Turner 28-14 Friday, setting up a showdown with Mill Valley (5-0) next week.
The game will determine the Kaw Valley League championship.
Typically, Basehor-Linwood coaches and players talk about the real season starting in week seven with the start of district play, but this year is a little different. A KVL championship is on the line when the two teams play next week and as a result, BLHS coaches will begin breaking down film of that game before compiling this game’s statistics, coach Steve Hopkins said.
While he might not watch the replay for a little while, there were both positives and negatives in the victory against Turner.
At times, the offense struggled with Turner’s defensive schemes and didn’t run the ball for as many big plays as normal. On the positive side, the team’s defense turned in a stifling performance aside from two big plays.
Hopkins told his team that he put the defense in bad positions throughout the game and they routinely made plays and rose to the occasion. He also said it was a good example of winning ugly.
“Every year, there is a fist fight type of game like, this and some you win real ugly,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood never really delivered the knockout punch that fans have become accustomed to against Turner, but the Bobcats relied on a defense that kept Turner from either tying or taking the lead.
The Bobcats made multiple stops inside the red zone to help preserve the lead.
With no score in the first quarter, Turner had the ball to the Basehor-Linwood 1-yard line. On first and goal, Tanner Garver made a tackle for a 2-yard loss. On the next play, Turner fumbled the ball and the Bobcats recovered it.
The two teams traded possessions and the score was 0-0 entering the second quarter.
Basehor-Linwood scored first in the second quarter when Ryan Murphy rushed in for a 6-yard touchdown, which capped a seven-play 55-yard drive.
After forcing a punt, Basehor-Linwood went back to work on offense. It scored on a 21-yard pass play from Colin Murphy to Ryan Murphy. The extra point was good and the Bobcats led 14-0.
Turner answered with a 56-yard touchdown run from Paul Berry on the first play of the ensuing possession. He broke containment on a trap play and rushed the length of the field to the end zone.
The Bobcats’ offense sputtered the next two drives. Colin Murphy was intercepted on one possession. The next ended with a fake punt pass that came up a yard short of the first down. Turner took over at the Basehor-Linwood 40-yard line.
The Bears completed three pass plays for 38 yards and had the ball at the 2-yard line. On second down, Jesse Hiss stepped up and made a huge tackle for loss. The next play was a pass attempt that fell incomplete. The Bears attempted a field goal before halftime, but it was no good.
Basehor-Linwood widened its lead in the third quarter when Colin Murphy threw a 30-yard pass to Ben Johnson. The extra point attempt failed.
Later in the quarter, Basehor-Linwood kicker Garret Kahle had a kick blocked. It was picked up by a Turner defender who ran in for a touchdown. Initially, there was some delay as players appeared to not know that it remained a live ball.
The touchdown made it a 20-14 game in the fourth quarter. Basehor-Linwood added to its lead with a long drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown run by Colin Murphy. The 2-point conversion attempt was good.
Neither team scored the rest of the game.
Basehor-Linwood plays Mill Valley at 7 p.m. Friday.
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