Basehor-Linwood roars past Mill Valley

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Brian Sanders PrepsKC Student Intern
Posted: October 9, 2011 - 8:31 PM

Basehor-Linwood v Mill Valley
As Mill Valley and Basehor-Linwood entered to ‘Ecstasy of Gold’ by Metallica it seemed that this battle of the undefeated was destined for a page in the great games of Kansas City Metro Area high school football. In the end it was a dominant performance by the visitors, Basehor-Linwood, who made the big plays and kept the Mill Valley Jaguars off the scoreboard until late as they were the victors 42 to 21.
Basehor-Linwood was able to make things happen from the first drive as the Bobcats were able to march down the field using their talented senior quarterback Collin Murphy they were able to mix the pass and run to draw first blood with a 2-yard quarterback keeper.
Mill Valley had difficulties in getting their offense going to create good drives like their opposition Basehor-Linwood but instead of calculated drives they went for the home run. A 55-yard touchdown pass from senior Skyler Windmiller to Staton Rebeck evened up the score at 7 to 7.
Basehor-Linwood hadn’t become undefeated coming into this game by taking it easy, their response was on their next drive as they had to overcome an unsportsmanlike penalty which pinned themselves deep in their own territory. This time the Bobcats struck through the air as quarterback Murphy tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Ben Johnson to put the Bobcats up again, this time for good, 13 to 7.
It seemed that Mill Valley would be able to respond immediately but after taking over on its own 36 yard line. The Jaguars would turn it over on downs and one play was all Basehor-Linwood needed to start putting the game out of reach. From the first play of the new drive senior running back Skyler Ross ran 64 yards up the middle to put the Bobcats up 21 to 7 with seven minutes, 28 seconds still to play in the first half.
Unfortunately for Mill Valley the wind wasn’t allowing their punter to get away any deep kicks, this punt going a mere 7 yards. Having just regained possession of the ball the Bobcats looked to the go to player in their quarterback Collin Murphy who passed to twin brother Ryan Murphy for a 39-yard score to bring the tally to 27-7.
After halftime it would be said that the Mill Valley players would be fired up on homecoming but any thoughts of hitting back at the opposition were dashed as on the opening kickoff the ball was fumbled and Basehor-Linwood recovered at the Mill Valley 12 yard line.
Needless to say the Bobcats were only happy to oblige in adding to the pain that the Jaguar players were feeling as Murphy ran the ball in from a yard out. The scoreboard now read 35 to 7 with 10:31 in the third quarter and was causing fans of Mill Valley to call it a night.
Mill Valley came back and showed they were not going out without a fight as the Jaguars scored again from the big play. This time the receiver it was Wade Hanna as he caught a 57-yard bomb from Windmiller to bring the score to 35-14
It now seemed that the momentum of the game had switched to Mill Valley as they were able to strike again on their ensuing drive on a 16-yard touchdown from Windmiller to Ethan Rice to make it 35-21.
Basehor-Linwood then ended all hopes of a comeback on homecoming night as an eight-play, 43-yard drive was capped by Caleb Hiss to bring the score to 42-21 where it would end.
Basehor-Linwood comes away and improves on their unbeaten record 6-0 and goes up against Jefferson West.
Mill Valley feels their first defeat of the season as they go to 5-1 and face Bishop Miege next week.