Big second quarter boosts Basehor-Linwood past Bonner Springs
Basehor-Linwood coach Steve Hopkins entered Friday’s homecoming game against Bonner Springs wondering how the Bobcats would effectively make halftime adjustments.
Most of the homecoming candidates were football players and would be participating in the halftime festivities. Initially, his plan was that he might need to have an assistant coach prepared tell the candidates what adjustments were made in the locker room.
Luckily for Hopkins, how he handled this decision wasn’t pivotal to the outcome of the game against Bonner Springs on Friday at BLHS. Basehor-Linwood led 43-13 at halftime en route to a 69-26 victory.
Colin Murphy connected to a variety of receivers early and made the Bobcats’ defensive adjustments less necessary to counter the Braves.
The Bobcats were very good in all facets of the game, and they impressed first-year Bonner Springs coach Lucas Aslin.
“They are bigger, stronger and faster,” Aslin said. “They were way better than us tonight.”
Murphy threw for about 300 yards, dissecting the Braves’ secondary with passes to a pair of 6-foot-6 receivers in Ryan Murphy and Ben Johnson. When they were covered, he threw numerous passes underneath to either slot receivers or those out of the backfield.
Johnson had 127 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the first half. He finished the game with three touchdown catches and 170 yards. Johnson is benefiting from single coverage as a result of the double teams that Ryan Murphy is attracting.
Ryan Murphy, perhaps the teams most planned-for receiver, drew double teams but still managed to accumulate 97 yards.
The game didn’t look like it would be a blowout during the first quarter. Basehor-Linwood scored first when Johnson hauled in a touchdown catch that capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive.
Bonner Springs answered on its next possession with a 29-yard touchdown run by Jordan Jackson who was playing quarterback in place of Jourdaine Smallwood.
Tied 7-7 after the first 12 minutes, the Bobcats seized control in the second quarter with four touchdowns.
“I thought we were hit and miss in the second quarter,” Hopkins said. “We would hit a big play but then we would miss on several of them.”
The Bobcats scored early in the second quarter when Drew Potter rushed in for a 3-yard touchdown. A key play on the drive was a 35-yard pass play from Colin Murphy to Dalton Mellies.
“I felt like after that screen play, that allowed us to relax on and offense and get going,” Hopkins said.
On defense, Basehor-Linwood asserted itself in the quarter. The Bobcats forced two plays for loss and took over on a punt.
With the ball back, Colin Murphy connected with Johnson for a pair of passes on the four-play, 73-yard drive, which included a 24-yard touchdown pass. The Murphy twins connected for the 2-point conversion.
Basehor-Linwood’s defense held again on the next drive. With the ball back, Colin Murphy threw to Johnson underneath for a 56-yard pick-up to the BSHS 24. On the next play, Jesse Hiss rushed for a 22 yards. Colin Murphy punched in the touchdown from 2 yards out. On a fake extra point, Zac Hevel hit Caleb Hiss for the 2-point conversion.
Basehor-Linwood tacked on another score when Hiss rushed for a 6-yard touchdown. The extra point gave BLHS a 36-7 lead.
Bonner Springs put together its best drive of the game late in the second quarter. Jackson connected with Stevie Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good.
The Bobcats scored again when Colin Murphy rushed in for a 38-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt was good, and BLHS entered halftime with a 30-point cushion.
During the break, Trevor Hickman was awarded homecoming king and Olivia Cowan, a standout volleyball and softball player, was named homecoming queen.
Colin Murphy threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Garver in the third quarter. It was one of Garver’s five catches for 57 yards on the night.
Bonner Springs answered when J.J. Jackson rushed for a 43-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession. The extra point attempt was no good.
Basehor-Linwood answered with another score on the next possession. Johnson caught a 13-yard touchdown, capping a five-play drive.
Basehor-Linwood scored again when Hiss rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.
Bonner Springs scored another touchdown early in the fourth quarter when J.J. Jackson rushed in for the score.
Basehor-Linwood wrapped up the scoring in the game when Tim Sanders rushed in for a touchdown.
The victory improved Basehor-Linwood to 4-0 for the season. The Bobcats next play at 7 p.m. Friday at Turner.
“Yeah, this is a blast right now,” Johnson said. “If we play like this, we should go a long way.”
Bonner Springs fell to 1-3 and lost its third straight since upending Topeka Seaman 21-17 in the season-opener. The Braves next play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Tonganoxie.