Basehor bounces back with win over Lansing

By Derek Helling The Leavenworth Times
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 10:15 PM

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.

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