The Basehor-Linwood football team will host the Fort Scott Tigers on Friday in the regional round of 4A playoffs.
The Tigers enter the game at 7-2 and are coming off a 40-12 win against Atchison last Friday. The Bobcats are 8-1 and took care of Eudora 44-16 last week.
The Bobcats will get another home playoff game, which head coach Rod Stallbaumer said is a big advantage.
“I think hosting in the playoffs is a big advantage as you are familiar with the environment and routine,” Stallbaumer said. “You are playing in front of a large and supportive crowd.”
Stallbaumer said that the biggest area of focus for the team has been the game plan.
“This time of year our biggest focus is on the game plan,” Stallbaumer said. “Executing our offensive and defensive game plan against the looks we will see on Friday night. We rep through some fundamental drills to keep us sharp and just keep us fresh and focused overall.”
Stallbaumer also went on to talk about how the game planning remains the same as the season goes along, but the playoffs does create a challenge.
“The game planning is essentially the same as you get deeper into the playoffs,” Stallbaumer said. “But the timeline condenses, not knowing who your next opponent is until Friday night creates a little bit of a challenge. Scouting also gets even more important as the opponents get better and better. Little things you can pick up on in film become even more important and can be critical to success this time of year. We have a great coaching staff that spends hours digesting film on the weekends and during the week, looking for advantages.”
In the Bobcats’ upcoming game, Stallbaumer said they will be in for a challenge.
“Fort Scott is a very good football team,” Stallbaumer said. “They are very tall and athletic, they have a 6-foot-6 inch wide receiver, 6-foot-5 inch quarterback, 6-foot-6 inch defensive back and a couple of 6-foot-3 inch defensive ends. They are run based but have the ability to throw so we will have to be very sound in our run fits and disciplined in our assignments. They have won five straight games and are playing with a lot of confidence. They are extremely well coached and will be in the right places defensively all night and don’t make a lot of mistakes. They have only had three opponents all season score more than two touchdowns against them. They are holding teams to nine points per game below their season average. They have done a good job limiting teams defensively and forcing teams to execute long drives to score, so we will need to make sure we are executing well offensively and maximize our opportunities. As is the case in all playoff games, winning in the special teams will also be critical. In a match between two even teams a big play or two in special teams can provide the momentum to win or lose a game.”
The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of Paola and Tonganoxie in the sectional matchup on Nov. 9.
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