Lansing hung tough early against undefeated Basehor-Linwood on Friday night, but the Bobcats’ explosive offense ultimately had too many weapons to handle as they went on to win 43-21.
“They were good,” Lansing head coach Bill Pekarek said. “We thought we had the coverages we needed to be running … but it seemed like every time they threw the ball it was right there. We thought we were going to have a great night, but it just didn’t quite go the way we wanted.”
Basehor-Linwood (3-0) didn’t break away until late in the first half. They scored just 2:10 into the game on a 6-yard run by Colin Murphy, but they were stopped on their second possession when Cameron Trout made a sack on third down and set up the tying touchdown.
Lansing (1-2) marched 76 yards in 12 plays, and sophomore quarterback Joe Schneider, making his first start after playing well off the bench last week, capped the drive on a beautiful scramble which saw him duck under an unblocked rusher and reverse field for a 6-yard score which made it 7-7 late in the first quarter.
“He made some good plays,” Pekarek said. “We just didn’t make enough of them … and we got behind and had to play catch-up.”
BLHS scored again before the end of the quarter and never trailed again. They went ahead 15-7 when Colin Murphy found Ryan Murphy on a slant on fourth and goal from the 5-yard line, and Drew Potter made a diving catch for the 2-point conversion. The Bobcats kept the momentum as Schneider got hit as he threw on the first possession of the second quarter and had his pass picked off by Zac Smith, setting up a 10-yard scoring pass from Colin Murphy to Ben Johnson. BLHS made it 23-7 on the 2-point try when Tanner Garver was just able to snatch the pass before it hit the turf.