Bonner scores and beats Basehor-Linwood

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 30, 2017 - 1:23 AM

Noah Villarreal busted off a 77-yard keeper midway through the fourth quarter to solidify Bonner Springs playing spoiler of Basehor-Linwood’s perfect season, 33-21.

Basehor-Linwood entered Friday night’s contest outscoring opponents 223-0 in four games, and the Bobcats looked like it was going to be a routine night after pitching another shutout in the first quarter.

Bobcat coach Rod Stallbaumer liked how hard his team came out and played to begin the game. He knew Bonner Springs is a good football team and it was going to challenge his team.

“We haven’t seen a team of that caliber yet, and hopefully this is something we’re going to learn a lot about ourselves, “Stallbaumer said. “We need to take it as an opportunity to learn and grow and improve because we have a lot of season left.

“I think our kids handled the pressure (of the shutout streak) well. I think it had way more to do with Bonner being good and making good plays. It’s something we don’t have to worry about.”

Basehor-Linwood took an early 7-0 lead as Dylan Mussett found the end zone on a one-yard keeper after a 67-yard drive, but then Bonner Springs took over.

The Braves answered the call on the next drive tying the game up as Dalton Blakemore hit Tristin Eddy for a four-yard score snapping Basehor-Linwood’s streak at 205 minutes, 32 seconds – more than 17 quarters.

After the ensuing kickoff, Devante Washington picked off Mussett – one of five on the night – and took it to the house, giving Bonner the lead for the rest of the night.

The Braves extended the lead to 20-7 on a five-yard pass from Blakemore to Jamison Jackson midway through the second quarter to seize the momentum.

Mussett connected with Dionta Senior-Reed with 20 seconds in the half to pull within six, and that’s when things started to get a little wild.

Stallbaumer called for a pooch kick that was executed to perfection. The ball landed in no-man’s land and was recovered by the Bobcats at the Braves 30-yard line.

However, on the next play Nolan Ford fumbled after making a catch and the Braves elected to go for the deep ball to try and end the half instead of taking a knee. Blakemore was picked off by Kyle Alcanter, who was stopped just shy of the end zone by Blakemore as time expired.

Stallbaumer said his team controls its own destiny as Bonner Springs has also lost a game in league play and if the two win out they’ll share the title.

“This game doesn’t affect districts or playoffs,” Stallbaumer said. “We can’t let one loss turn into two losses.”