Basehor-Linwood's smothering defense stifles Lansing
With offensive talent galore on the field, it was the defense from Basehor-Linwood High School that enabled the Bobcats to get a 28-6 Kaw Valley Conference win over Lansing High School on Friday night in Basehor-Linwood's conference and home opener.
"Our whole defensive staff does a phenomenal job," Bobcats' head coach Rod Stallbaumer said. "They had us in the right stuff and the kids played disciplined football."
"We were way too inconsistent," Lansing head coach Jim McCall commented. "I give a lot of credit to the staff from Basehor. They did a tremendous job of preparing their kids. They put some pressure on us. We need to do a better job of responding to certain things."
The game began with both teams sputtering on offense, trading punts and near turnovers through the first quarter. Lansing's effort to shutout the Bobcats was assisted by a junior Justin Green interception. When the second quarter began, the game was tied at zero.
Basehor-Linwood began the second quarter of play with possession of the ball on the Lions' half of the field, and was able to finish off the drive with a three-yard run by junior quarterback Justin Phillips. With 10:17 left in the first half, the Bobcats held a 7-0 lead.
On Lansing's first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, a loose ball was recovered by Basehor-Linwood just a yard outside of the Lions' end zone. Three plays later, Phillips ran for his second touchdown of the night.
After trading a couple more punts, Lansing finally threatened to end the Bobcats' shutout and cut into the lead. Basehor-Linwood senior Jahron McPherson was able to end that threat, however, with an interception of Lions' senior quarterback Nick Redwine in the Bobcats' end zone with mere seconds remaining in the first half. Basehor-Linwood ran out what little remained of the clock, and at halftime the Bobcats led 14-0.
The third quarter began much the same way that the game did, as both offenses were overpowered by the opposing defenses. Again, Basehor-Linwood finally got rolling near the end of the third quarter. With 2:11 left in the third quarter of play, the Bobcats found on a five-yard Phillips to senior Nick Phillips pass in the end zone and a converted extra point kick to put themselves up 21-0.
Before the game got completely away from them, the Lions put a solid drive together, quickly moving down the field. The possession was punctuated by a 10-yard touchdown scamper by junior Quinton McQuillan to make the score 21-6 with 1:08 left in the third quarter.
Basehor-Linwood had the answer as the fourth quarter began, however, mixing the run and pass on the ensuing drive which was finished by an 18-yard scamper by Phillips for his third touchdown run of the night. With 9:21 left in the game, the Bobcats commanded a 28-6 advantage.
Lansing answered with a productive drive, but it sputtered out on a fourth down inside the Basehor-Linwood red zone. Additionally, driving the length of the field took nearly six minutes off the clock, and the Bobcats were able to run most of the rest of it off, punting it back to the Lions with a mere 32 seconds left in the game. Desperation measures for Lansing fell short, and the final score showed a 28-6 win for the home team.
"I just didn't feel like we had the same focus this week that we did last week," McCall added. "We will work with our kids. They will have a great learning day tomorrow. They will see the film and we will get better each week."
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season overall. Basehor-Linwood is 1-0 in Kaw Valley Conference games, and Lansing is now 1-1 on the season in conference play.
"We spread the ball around and I feel that our young offensive line took a step forward," Stallbaumer stated. "We have to get better offensively, but I'm pleased with what we did tonight."
Lawrence rolls past Pioneers
The Leavenworth Pioneers ran up against a tough opponent Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
Lawrence scored a couple of early touchdowns and cruised to a 41-14 victory over the Pioneers.
Leavenworth fell to 0-2 on the season and travels to Olathe Northwest next Friday.
Lawrence rolled up 481 total offensive yards. Leavenworth had 222 total yards.
Lawrence racked up 18 first downs to Leavenworth’s nine.
The Pioneers got a score in the fourth period when quarterback Drew Sachen scored on a 23-yard run.
The Pioneers added a late score when Wade Jackson scored on a 13-yard run.
Leavenworth did not attempt much in the passing game, failing to complete a pass in three attempts.
Lawrence threw just one pass for 13 yards.
Rams whip Valley Falls
Pleasant Ridge got a big offensive output in Week 2 of the season and rolled to a 42-8 victory over Valley Falls Friday night.
The victory improved the Rams to 1-1 in the season.
Imac players have big games
Immaculata High School student-athletes Corey Holcomb and Justin Varney, two of four Imac players competing for Maranatha Christian Academy, turned in good efforts Friday night in a losing effort.
Holcomb had two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion run but the team lost 35-32.
Varney added a touchdown run.
The Eagles fell to 0-2 on the season.
Tonganoxie outlasts Turner
Dalton Trimble caught one pass for a touchdown and returned an interception for another score to lead Tonganoxie to a 48-39 victory over Turner Friday night.
Jordan Brown rolled up 221 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Chieftains improved to 2-0 on the season.
Quarterback Mason Beach completed 8 of 13 passes for 170 yards and tossed two touchdown passes.
Tonganoxie had a big night on special teams, recovering four onside kickoffs.
Head coach Al Troyer said linebacker Dalton Bock and free safety Zach Morgan turned in exceptional games defensively.
"Our young kids stepped up and played well," Troyer said. "We just have to learn how to finish games."
Tonganoxie hosts Lansing next Friday in its homecoming game.
– Staff reports