Tonganoxie — After pulling within one point of Tonganoxie in the fourth quarter Friday night, Basehor-Linwood lined up in its customary swinging gate formation for the point-after attempt.
"We do it every time," B-L coach Tom Harman said. "We made the right decision, but we got a little too excited."
With only 2:13 left and B-L trailing Tongie, that excitement was too much. The trick play failed, and the Chieftains held on for the 7-6 victory.
The swinging gate is a play that features the bulk of the offense lining up away from the ball and then reading the defense's coverage.
Harman said the Bobcats were not necessarily going for the win instead of a tie by running the trick play.
"We were going for what was open," he said. "We had no problem going into overtime, but it was there. They made the right read."
THE SWINGING gate was set-up when B-L's Brian Chiles took a quarterback keeper four yards for a touchdown to cap a 61-yard, 11-play drive. The drive featured four of the Bobcats' seven second-half first downs.
Basehor outgained Tongie 238 to 137 and held the Chieftains newly-installed offense to only 26 yards in the second half.
"We made some major changes in our offense because of personnel," Tongie coach Steve Hughes said. "We moved from the wishbone to a split backfield. It didn't go real smooth, but we only put it in Monday."
B-L threatened times in the second half, the most serious coming late in the third quarter. The Bobcats had first-and-goal at the Tongie nine yard line, but a clipping penalty, illegal procedure call and two quick plays pushed them back to the 27. They turned the ball over on downs.
TONGIE'S JASON Hicks had two interceptions. His last one that sealed the game with 24 seconds left.
The Chieftains' touchdown came late in the second quarter when Hicks took the ball in on a quarterback keeper with 2:07 left in the first half. The run was set-up when Hicks connected with Larry Stean for a 42-yard pass.
"I'm pleased we didn't give up any big plays," Hughes said. "We didn't have any really big mental errors or mistakes."
Tonganoxie, 3-2, travels to Perry-Lecompton next week, while B-L, 3-2, plays host to DeSoto.