Bobcats thump Tigers in district opener
Before Basehor-Linwood’s football district opener Friday at home against Jefferson County West, BLHS coaches and players were a little nervous about the game.
Jeff West knocked off BLHS in the playoffs two years ago, so the Bobcats were all business.
When the night was over, the Bobcats’ focus clearly paid off as they won 42-14 and improved to 7-0 for the season.
BLHS took charge quickly. Drew Potter broke off a 46-yard touchdown run on the opening drive. That set the tone, and the Bobcats never eased up.
“After that, everyone kind of relaxed a little bit,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “I was a little concerned before the game about how we would play with their physical style. Yeah, this is a good ball club; not great, but solid. We played well enough to win, and at times we played really well.”
Potter finished with four touchdowns and 95 yards rushing for the night.
A possession later, Potter rushed in for a 4-yard touchdown.
The Bobcats’ next touchdown came on a 9-yard pass from Colin Murphy to Ben Johnson.
Jeff West responded with a drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown run.
Basehor-Linwood closed out the half with a 56-yard run by Skylar Ross.
“It was a well blocked play, a little bit of a reverse,” Hopkins said. “He read the blocks well and made all the right cuts.”
Basehor-Linwood led 27-7 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, the Bobcats scored on a 3-yard run by Potter.
The Bobcats final touchdown occurred early in the fourth quarter when Colin Murphy connected on a 10-yard pass with Ryan Murphy. Garrett Kahle made the extra point, and BLHS led 34-7.
With the team’s varsity players in the game, the Bobcats scored on six of seven possessions with a balanced scoring attack.
Potter had 95 yards on 14 carries, averaging 7 yards per carry. Ross rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries.
Colin Murphy rushed for 40 yards on six carries. He also threw for 160 yards.
Ben Johnson and Ryan Murphy each had about 70 yards receiving and numerous catches.
The Bobcats piled up more than 400 yards of total offense.
On defense, Basehor-Linwood players Dalton Mellies, Potter and Johnson led the way in shutting down the Tigers.
“Those kids work well complimenting each other,” Hopkins said.
BLHS played without Jesse Hiss who missed the game with a foot injury. With him out of the lineup, Potter shifted to the defensive line and performed well.
“Drew Potter played great,” Hopkins said. “He played defensive end. Jesse Hiss played in pain last week. Without him, we moved Drew. He made plays on the defensive line.”
Basehor-Linwood next plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at home against Tonganoxie.