Basehor-Linwood rolls past Tonganoxie

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 2, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Basehor-Lindwood’s defense looked to be in midseason form as the Bobcats rolled Tonganoxie 42-6.

The Bobcats flew to the ball all night making it difficult for the Chieftain offense to gain any momentum as it held them to 136 yards of total offense. The only thing that hurt the Bobcats was themselves with some uncharacteristic unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

“You always want a shutout,” Bobcat coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “As far as the way the game went down, we kept our 21 points you need to have for playoff seeding. We have to learn – it’ll be something to learn from and it’ll make it a lot easier to keep guys focused at practice next week that they gave it up.”

Tonganoxie got on the board as time expired when Hayden Robbinsfound Korbin Riedelfor a six-yard touchdown– it was the lone bright spot for a team that kept fighting to the end.

Basehor-Linwood didn’t let the Chieftains cross midfield until a 16-yard punt midway through the third quarter gave Tonganoxie the ball inside the 30, but the Bobcats backed the offense up to the 49 before Tonganoxie punted it back to Basehor-Linwood.

The Bobcats scored on five of their first six possessions. In the second quarter, Dylan Mussett dropped back to pass, but stepped up in the pocket and faked a throw to disrupt the defense. As crossed the line of scrimmage he faked another throw, a shovel pass and a pitch before he went into the end zone on a 12-yard run.

Mussett also threw four touchdowns, connecting with Chase Torkelson – 8 yards, Jacob Coleman – 14 and 4 yards and Dylan Donnelly – 27 yards. Mussett completed 20-of-34 passes for 229 yards.

“Based on what the defense gave us,” Stallbaumer said of why his team passed it so much.

The Basehor-Linwood was balanced on Friday as the ground game slightly outpaced the air attack as it ran the ball 36 times on the night.

“We played them last year and we couldn’t throw the ball real well as a team,” he continued. “They just stacked the box running-wise and we didn’t have a whole lot of offensive success. This year we have several receivers we trust that can make plays. We took what the defense gave us.

“We knew they would pinch inside and stop the run so we threw the ball. Dylan has come a long way. He started five games last year, but he’s come so far as far as reading the defense and maturing as a leader. He read the defense very well and made a lot of plays tonight.”