Bobcats record another shutout/Lansing loses again, Rams suspended until Sunday

It hasn't been close for 16 quarters of Basehor-Linwood High football so far this season.

Heading into Friday's Homecoming contest against Independence, the Bobcats had outscored their previous three opponents by 173-0 and allowed less than a yard per play.

Scary to think that after their fourth game, those numbers are even better as the Bobcats dominated the visiting Bulldogs from the Star Spangled Banner until the final whistle in a 50-0 rout.

BLHS (4-0) was led by junior quarterback Dylan Mussett finished 8-for-15 with 103 yards passing with a touchdown and a pick and added 28 yards rushing , while a stable of running backs led by Nolan Ford (83 yards), Marlon McDaniel (31 yards) and Matt McKnight (21 yards) paced a relentless ground game.

“(The large number of running backs) is a lot nicer because get some kids more breaks when they need it,” Mussett said. “We have some 2-way starters so it’s nice to have guys get reps.”

Yet, despite this dominance, BLHS head coach Rod Stallbaumer knows that this past month of games is not the ideal way to test his squad.

“I hate these kind of games,” Stallbaumer said. “It’s good, we got a lot of kids in and it should be a good learning experience, because I think they have a taste for varsity football and they might realize what they have to do when the next time comes around.

“It’s going to get a lot tougher when you get into the heart of the league schedule and districts, so it gets tougher. I think this group and the experience they had last year going in to a similar situation will help them. I really like their focus so far and they haven’t really let down for these types of games, but we have to be ready. It speaks well for our senior leadership, especially those defensive guys, they are a good group.”

Basehor took little time to get going as it took the opening drive of the contest to pay dirt scoring on a 5-yard run by Matt McKnight to go up 7-0 just north of the 9-minute mark of the first quarter.

They then doubled the edge on a 15-yard run by Dylan Mussett to go up 14-0 only five minutes into the game.    

The coolest play of the game occurred shortly after that when a Mussett pass was picked off and run back into Bobcat territory, but BLHS senior lineman Zach White stripped the Independence defensive back as he brought him down to give the hosts the ball right back.

Two plays later, Nolan Ford sliced, diced and enticed his way to a 60-yard run for a Bobcat 21-0 lead with 4:01 left in the opening quarter.

The suspense then shifted to who would be named to the homecoming court, because that lady was already starting to sing.

A Mussett 4-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left in the opening stanza put the Bobcats up 29-0 as one could easily be excused for checking out the snack bar over the next hour.

Game over.

Of course there was still three quarters to play and BLHS added a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mussett to Ford and a 9-yard touchdown run by Jackson Jennings to lead 43-0 at the intermission.

Sophomore Kaden Jacobson added the final score, a 1-yard run, as Stallbaumer used a plethora of junior varsity players after the halftime.

The veterans did their job and now it’s time to step things up with an improved Bonner Springs team set to host BLHS next week.

“We were confident in what we do,” Mussett said. “We had a lot of seniors last year teaching us what to do and getting us in the position we need to be.

“We just have to make sure we stay focused, watch more film and take a step up this week.”

What does Basehor have to do to get ready for the next level of intensity?

“We will watch film and I think that will speak for itself a little bit,” Stallbaumer said. “For us, it’s a last chance to play Bonner, so, I don’t have any concerns for our guys being ready. Hopefully we will have a good week of practice and go out there and do our thing.”

OTHER SCORES

Piper 14, LANSING 7 (OT) – The Lansing Lions fell to 1-3 with a Kaw Valley League defeat at Piper Friday night.

A Tyler Green, 3-yard touchdown run, tied the game for Lansing at 7-7 in the second quarter and the two teams remained deadlocked heading into overtime where the Pirates clinched the win.

Jahleal Sweet (18 rushes, 65 yards) and AJ Cooper (four catches, 45 yards) led the Lansing offense.

 

PLEASANT RIDGE 20, McLouth 16 (suspended in third quarter) – The two teams will meet again in Easton at 1 p.m. to finish this contest that was suspended due to a sudden lighting issue.

The game was stopped midway through the third quarter.

We were not able to finish our game tonight due to our lights going out midway through the third quarter.  We will resume play at 1 pm on Sunday afternoon. 

Pleasant Ridge scores came by way of a Breydon Baragary 69-yard and 9-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter and a 5-yard scoring run by Jake Heckman.