September 28, 2013, 12:11 a.m. Updated: 2 October 2013, 3:37 p.m.
If Basehor-Linwood took advantage of its red-zone looks, perhaps Friday's 34-8 loss to Lansing would have looked a lot less lopsided. Then again, the Bobcats didn't play into their strengths.
"We really aren't good enough to go 80, 90 yards," coach Steve Hopkins said. "Between things that can go wrong, we're not an explosive team."
BLHS' homecoming night was a struggle in all facets of the game. On special teams, aside from one huge return in the fourth quarter, it couldn't get good field position. The offense came away without points despite three trips inside the 30, and the defense gave up several big plays, allowing 456 yards of total offense. Even though it looked better this week, the team's misalignment played right into Lansing's game plan. The Bobcats (1-3) had success pinning the Lions (2-2) deep, though several Lansing drives resulted in scores anyway.
"We made them go the length of the field every time," Hopkins said. "I don't think we gave them any short fields, but still."
Lansing scored in a variety of ways: a 34-yard pass, a quarterback sneak to cap an 87-yard drive and a back-breaking touchdown pass on fourth-and-10 in the fourth quarter. It was still very much a game heading into the fourth quarter. After the Bobcats had done very little all night, senior Dalton Inlow returned an interception for a touchdown to end the third quarter. The two-point conversion made it 14-8 in favor of Lansing.
But the Bobcats allowed a 46-yard run to start the quarter and, in a surprise call, the Lions opted for a fourth-and-10 pass instead of a 27-yard field goal. After that touchdown, all the remaining excitement and hope for a comeback evaporated. On a positive note, the Bobcats were very effective on the ground, rushing for 211 yards with 5.1 yards per carry. Senior Alex Jackson led the team with 98 yards on 17 carries.
Senior lineman Nick Chaney thought there were improvements on the night, but plays that worked on the 50 didn't work on the 20.
"I just think we get tired," he said. "That's pretty much it."
The Bobcats think this is an issue of preparation. Both Chaney and senior Cory McCleary said that these improvements start with working harder in practice, but the important thing is to stay together.
"We can't be negative to each other," McCleary said. "We've got to keep each other positive."
Basehor-Linwood will be at Turner (1-3) on Friday.
Originally published at: http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2013/sep/28/lansing-routs-bobcats-34-8/