Shooting blanks

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 8, 2017 - 10:24 PM

It looked like things were off to a quick start as DeSoto misplayed the opening kick allowing Bonner Springs to recover the ball on the 22-yard line. That would be one of the few bright spots for Bonner Springs as the Wildcats would go on to win 36-0.

Despite both teams driving deep into their opponent’s territory, the opening score wouldn't come until 9:20 left in the second quarter. After a methodical march down the field, Leo Oplotnik punched in a 4-yard run straight up the middle.

Bonner Springs came up with another big special teams play on the ensuing kickoff. It looked like Devante Washington was going to score as he raced down the right sideline, but the senior was dragged down at the 24. Another Braves’ drive stalled this time ending in a fake field goal.

“We try and go 1-0 every week,” Bonner Springs head coach Chad Eaddy said. “We obviously didn’t reach our goal this week. We had some spots that we could have taken advantage, but we didn’t. This is the first week we have played a high-quality opponent, and it showed.”

A long run set up another short touchdown for the Wildcats. This time it was Trevor Watts who got the score.

While the offense put up big numbers for DeSoto, it was their defense that was the stand out. Multiple times they were in the shadow of their goal line and held strong. They also forced an interception and had a safety to cap off the scoring.

“Our defense played lights out,” DeSoto head coach Brian King said. “We back them up and they always bail us out. We have to stop doing that so often.”

It may have been a slow start for the DeSoto offense, but they had a few big plays. Most of them were started by Bryce Mohl. In the third quarter, the senior quarterback had a 70 yard touchdown on a pass to the flat, and a perfectly thrown 25 yard touchdown.

“Our offense takes a little longer to get rolling,” King said. “They eventually figure it out.”

On Friday, September 15 DeSoto travels to Louisburg, and Bonner Springs takes on Piper.