Basehor-Linwood shuts out Piper

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: October 14, 2017 - 12:24 AM

Friday night belonged to Nolan Ford and everybody else was just a part of it. The junior fullback rushed for three touchdowns, including a 49-yard scamper, to help Basehor-Linwood top Piper, 33-0, in the opening game of district play.

The Bobcats, who started the season in a spread-like offense, have been working on the wishbone and have been “running the ball down people’s throats these last few weeks,” Ford said.

Ford opened the scoring on Basehor’s first drive – a 10-yard run. He also scored on a three-yard plunge.

Since it’s 33-21 loss to Bonner Springs two weeks ago, Basehor-Linwood has put an emphasis on focusing in practice and scouting the opposing team for that given week.

“Trying to get to know their stuff so we can have success on offense and defense,” Ford said.

The Bobcats were successful on both sides of the ball, as the scored indicated, but they also did something few teams have been able to do against Piper all year: force fumbles.

Piper, who have given up some interceptions, rarely cough up the ball coach Chris Brindle said. On Friday, Piper put the ball on the ground twice for the Bobcats to pounce on.

Freshman La’James White was on the giving end of one as he took a sweep to the right and had the ball punched out from behind in the second quarter.

“It’s his first start,” Brindle said. “He’s been prepared to play quarterback all season and we had some situations where he’s next man up with injuries and whatnot. He did a good job. He does a lot of things for us – he’s been on special teams for several weeks already. Here was his opportunity, and it was great experience [for him].”

Brindle gave credit to Basehor-Linwood, which shutout an opponent for the fifth time this season.

Quarterback Dylan Mussett and Marlon McDaniel rounded out the scoring with touchdown runs for the Bobcats.