The 2018 football season came to a close for the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats Friday night in a 46-7 loss to Bishop Miege in the 4A sub-state matchup.
The Stags scored first with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. Three more scores by the Stags would give the team a 27-0 lead with under three minutes in the first half.
The Bobcats would get on the board from an A.J. Cooper touchdown reception to cut the lead to 27-7 going into the break at halftime.
The two remained scoreless for the first two-thirds of the third quarter before two quick scores gave Miege a 39-7 lead at the end of three quarters. The Stags would score one more touchdown two minutes into the fourth to make it 46-7, which would be the final.
The Stags outgained the Bobcats 537 to 134 including outrushing the Bobcats 245 to four yards.
The Bobcats’ defense racked up three sacks for 22 yards and Joe Phillips led the team in tackles with nine.
The loss ended the Bobcats’ season one game from the state championship and Basehor-Linwood finished the season with a 10-2 record.
Despite the loss, head coach Rod Stallbaumer was proud of his team.
“I was just extremely proud of our guys,” the coach said. “Proud of our community. We do it the right way and I thought the kids played extremely hard and left it all on the field.”
The sub-state matchup was the final game for the 16 seniors for Basehor-Linwood who leave as the winningest class in school history.
Stallbaumer said this year’s class set the bar for the future of the program.
“Every senior class job is to leave the program better than what they started,” Stallbaumer said. “I think this class absolutely did that. They raised the bar again and set a standard for the rest of the classes to follow.”
Stallbaumer said it’s too early to look to next year but the team will be ready if the players put in the time and effort.
The Bishop Miege Stags will travel to Topeka on Saturday, Nov. 24 to face the Goddard Lions for the 4A state championship game.