The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats continued their successful season on Friday with a 31-14 win against Fort Scott.

The Bobcats jumped on the board first with a 42-yard touchdown reception from Dylan Mussett to A.J. Cooper. Nolan Ford would add another score to give the Bobcats a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The Fort Scott Tigers did not give up and scored a touchdown with 1:52 remaining in the first half to cut the score 14-7. The Bobcats would add a field goal and went into the locker room up 17-7 at halftime. 

Both teams would play strong defense to start the second half, but a pass from Matt Campbell to Tyler Gorman went for 77 yards for a score to cut the lead to 17-14.

The Bobcats would respond with seven minutes to go in the fourth to extend the lead back to 10. A 40-yard touchdown run by Marlon McDaniel with 1:11 remaining would secure the victory for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats finished with 438 yards on 66 plays. Mussett was 13-25 for 206 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. McDaniel and Ford both rushed for more than 100 yards and Jacob Coleman led the team in receiving yards with 67.

Basehor-Linwood improved to 9-1 on the year and will continue to the next round of the playoffs.

One of the areas that both teams struggled with was turnovers. Fort Scott fumbled the ball twice in the first quarter and would lose a third later in the game. 

The Bobcats threw two interceptions, including one that set up a Fort Scott touchdown on the ensuing drive. Head coach Rod Stallbaumer said the team’s defense stepped up to try and counter the turnovers by the offense.

“The defense stepped up whenever we turned the ball over a few times,” Stallbaumer said. “And kept them out of the end zone. That gave us a chance to calm down offensively and get going.”

Stallbaumer also mentioned that the players were excited about the game, but he thinks that made them a little tight at times.

He said that he hopes this can be a learning experience for when the team hosts Paola next Friday, which Stallbaumer praised the coaching and speed of the team.