BSHS football again 3-0 entering rematch against Piper
For the third straight week, the Bonner Springs High football team amassed more than 40 points, this time coming out on top at Bishop Ward, 41-13.
The Braves (3-0) scored their first touchdown in the first quarter of Friday’s conference game at Bishop-Ward (0-3) but the Cyclones took advantage of a face mask penalty and delayed hit to tie the game 7-7 before halftime.
“We wanted to make sure we didn’t overlook Bishop Ward,” BSHS coach Lucas Aslin said. “We came out, played hard and scored early and so did they.”
But the Cyclones were never able to capitalize off their early-game momentum like the Braves were.
Senior quarterback Jordan Jackson threw a couple of long-fade passes, including one to Jonah Freese — who had more than 100 receiving yards — and senior running back Trevon Mason also scored two touchdowns.
For the first two games, the Braves averaged about 470 rushing yards and Aslin said he wanted to see the ball thrown more against Bishop-Ward.
“Offensively, we wanted to have better ball security and work on our passing game,” Aslin said. “Which we did.”
Junior defensive back Roman Glenn’s interception right before the half capped a game-turning sequence that put the Braves in control.
“It’s nice to be able to take control of the game and put it away pretty early,” Aslin said.
Aslin was able to move the linebackers and defensive line around to see if they could play certain spots, while working on base defense.
Senior linebacker Devin Burke had more than 10 tackles and first-year starting defensive lineman Jacob Klingele continues to have a strong presence on the field.
“We figured we could got out there and wear them out offensively,” Aslin said.
Despite winning both games, the Braves special teams struggled in the first two games against Turner and Lansing giving up three kickoff returns for touchdowns.
“We’ve been doing a lot of prepping for our kickoff coverage and last night we did a good job,” Aslin said. “That was a main focus because we’ve given up some cheap points and we won’t win any of the next three games if we keep doing that.”
The season so far looks eerily familiar to last season when the Braves started out 3-0 but then ended up losing six in a row.
The Braves will host Piper (1-2) on Friday and then travel to Mill Valley the following week.
“Piper is going to be a huge test for us and we have got to play really well,” Aslin said. “The kids are confident and think they can play, which us as coaches want our kids to have confidence. But they have to have enough humility to know that anything can happen, especially against Piper.
“If we are willing to do that and have a good week of practice, we will be all right.”