Eudora ends Basehor-Linwood's perfect season

By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 5, 2011 - 11:47 PM

Cardinals soar over Basehor-Linwood
Basehor, KS- On a picture perfect night at Basehor-Linwood High School, the Bobcats took on the Cardinals of Eudora. Coming into the night Basehor sat at a perfect (10-0) on the season scoring an average of 45 points a game.  Eudora was sitting at (9-1) and hoping to stir up an upset here in the Class 4A playoffs.
Eudora came into this game with all odds against it, Basehor was led by the very talented Murphy twins and had pretty much dominated every game they’ve played. Eudora though played with heart all season, and heart pulled them through on Saturday at Basehor-Linwood as the Cardinals topped the Bobcats 28-21.
“Before the game I told my kids they’re awesome, here we are looking like a rag tag group going up against a team like KU.” Said Eudora coach Gregg Webb “But we’re going to stay in this game and play with heart.”
Eudora jumped out to a 15-8 lead on Basehor led by two touchdown runs by senior quarterback Derek Webb (5,44). The Basehor Murphy duo however wouldn’t go down without a fight, with no time left in the first half Colin Murphy found his brother Ryan Murphy on a 41 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 15 at half.
Trailing 21-15 early in the fourth quarter, Derek Webb struck again on an 86 yard QB keeper. Webb finished the night with 167 yards off of 17 carries with two touchdowns.
“This was a great win for our program, and it felt really great to have a big night in such a big game.” Said Derek Webb of his performance on the night.
“Derek had a special night, he definitely had his fathers speed tonight.” Added Gregg Webb.
With the game tied at 21 Webb struck again on a 17 yard touchdown pass to junior running back Gabe Cleveland, giving the Cardinals a 28-21 lead with 6:51 left in the game.
Basehor had the ball back, and were marching down the field when Andrew Ballock of Eudora intercepted quarterback Colin Murphy. Turnovers plagued the Bobcats tonight as they committed four turnovers on the night.
“Our defense has been good all year. The Frontier league is a defense based league, so you have to be tough late in the season.” Webb said of his defenses performance on the night.
In a game that featured every momentum change possible, you knew Basehor wasn’t done yet. With two minutes left in the game the Bobcats had the ball back trailing by seven. Colin Murphy managed to find a number of receivers on the drive including his twin Ryan Murphy, and Ben Johnson. The Bobcats had the ball fourth and 10 from their own 48 when Colin took a shoot deep down the field to Johnson, but Eudora defenders were perfect on the coverage and tipped it away sealing the 28-21 win.
With the win Eudora improves to (10-1) and will meet Chanute (8-3) in the quarterfinals Friday night at Chanute High School.
“I don’t really know much about them.” Said coach Webb “We’ll start watching tape tomorrow, but anyone who shuts out Louisburg is pretty good.”