Bobcat trio to play college football
Senior members of the Basehor-Linwood football team hung their Bobcat uniforms up for good last November, but for a trio of soon-to-be graduates, the journey on the gridiron is far from over.
Nick Chaney, Dalton Inlow and Broc Lindsay signed with college programs within the state earlier this month. Chaney is headed to Hutchison Community College, Inlow to MidAmerica Nazarene University and Lindsay to Benedictine College.
Chaney received first-team All-Kaw Valley League honors as a defensive lineman in his final season. He finished second on the team with 74 total tackles and led the way with 10 sacks. He was at his best last in the season, as he averaged 11 stops per game in district play. He also played offensive line, paving the way for a Bobcat offense that averaged nearly 275 yards per game.
Former BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said it's unsure yet whether Chaney will play offense or defense at HCC. The Blue Dragons went 8-4 last season, including a 5-2 mark in the Jayhawk Conference. They ended the year with a 57-0 win against Dakota College in the Salt City Bowl.
Inlow signed as an athlete with MNU. He hauled in 13 catches and led the team with 290 yards and four touchdowns. He also made some noise in the return game, averaging 22.3 yards on four kick returns and 10.5 yards on eight punt returns. He returned a punt 59 yards for a score against Jeff West.
Hopkins said Inlow likely will be a returner and possibly a slot receiver for MNU. The Pioneers are coming off a 5-5 season which they ended on a four-game win streak.
Lindsay will vie for time at receiver or tight end at Benedictine. He caught 11 passes for 158 yards and scored two two-point conversions in his senior season. He joins a Raven squad that went 10-2 and won a Heart of America Athletic Conference title. Lindsay and Inlow will meet when MNU hosts Benedictine on Nov. 8.