Friday night saw the start of the playoffs in Kansas high school football.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats hosted the Eudora Cardinals for the opening round in 4A in a 44-16 victory.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 21-0 lead but Eudora scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to make the game 21-16 at halftime.
Head coach Rod Stallbaumer said he felt like the Bobcats made adjustments at halftime to shut out the Cardinals. They also scored 23 straight points in the second half for the win. The Bobcats finished with 438 yards of total offense with 251 yards coming through the air from quarterback Dylan Mussett.
Jace Friessen and Josh Willcutt each had nine solo tackles. Friesen also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
The Bobcats advanced and will host Fort Scott at home this Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lansing Lions also hosted a playoff game. The Lions faced St. James and fell short in a 34-27 loss. Both teams traded touchdowns early, but St. James was able to hold onto a late lead and end the Lions’ season.
Head coach Dylan Brown said the game didn’t go as they hoped, especially with St. James’ starting quarterback returning from injuries. Brown still was proud of how the team played.
“I thought our offense played really well,” Brown said. “And it was probably the most balanced performance we had. Luke Schneider was able to throw the ball when we needed and threw for three touchdowns when they decided to over commit to our running game. Unfortunately, they got the ball last and didn't give it back to us, so we were unable to make that last drive to try to tie the game. I was very proud of our kids continuing to fight and compete after a couple of calls and bounces of the ball didn't go our way and kept St. James alive in critical situations. They didn't let that bother them, and we were there at the end, and it just didn't end the way we would have liked it to.”
Schneider finished the night 13-for-16 for 157 yards and the three scores. Schneider, Dylan McLain and Konner McQuillan combined for 168 of the Lions’ 202 yards rushing and the Lions did not commit turnovers.
The loss ended the season at 5-4 for Lansing in Brown’s first season as head coach.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams traveled to Rossville for their opening playoff game. The Rams were right in the game, but a fumble inside Rossville territory killed the Rams’ chances in their 36-14 loss.
Colton Comer threw for 199 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and the Rams’ offense gained 284 total yards on the night.
Head coach Pat McCollim felt like the team played a solid game despite the loss.
“We played very hard and really left it all out there,” McCollim said. “We played a very solid game, they just made a few more plays than we did and that is how it goes in the playoffs. I am having a hard time accepting that this season is over because I truly believe we had a lot more in us, but the kids should be very proud of what they accomplished this year. We didn't win every game we should have, but we were in every single game until the end and came up a little short. I will always appreciate the time and work this senior class gave to me and this program. They have created a culture of physical play that the younger kids will take pride in carrying on.”
The Rams ended the season 5-4.
The Leavenworth Pioneers ended their season on the road against Schlagle. The Stallions would outlast the Pioneers 46-28.
The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first, but the ensuing kickoff was returned for a touchdown and Schlagle cut the lead to 8-6. The Stallions would add 20 more points to take a 26-8 halftime lead. Schlagle would extend the lead to 39-8 by the end of the third quarter. Schlagle would add one more score and the Pioneers added three more touchdowns to make the final 46-28.
The loss ended the season for the Pioneers with a 1-8 record.