Basehor Tonganoxie High took a gamble in a district road game Friday night and busted.
Tonganoxie High made a gutsy move in double overtime, going for a two-point conversion and the win. But Basehor-Linwood snuffed out a Jeremy Carlisle quarterback sneak up the middle to secure a 28-27 victory over THS.
Carlisle got a good push from the offensive line on the game’s deciding play, but the Bobcats stopped him mere inches from the goal line.
THS coach Mark Elston said he didn’t regret the play call.
“It was one that I had confidence in,” Elston said. “We knew they were going to be blitzin’ … We were a half-inch away.”
After BLHS quarterback Brandon Leppke hit Colin Murphy for a 10-yard score on the first possession of the second overtime, leading to a 28-21 Bobcats lead, the 10th-year THS coach made up his mind: Tonganoxie would go for broke if it reached the end zone.
When Dylan Faulconer hauled in an improbable TD catch from Carlisle on third-and-19, Elston felt like his squad had momentum. Plus, the coach thought the THS defense was “starting to run out of steam.”
The defense certainly held up through most of the intense rivalry game with BLHS (6-1). Following a potentially crushing turnover from Tonganoxie (5-2) in the final two minutes of regulation, corner Shawn Marin picked off a Leppke pass to help force overtime.
Prior to that, the Chieftains knocked the Bobcats out of the red zone with under four minutes to go with a combined sack from Jason Espeland and Jeff Sims on second down and a Dane Gonser sack on third-and-16.
THS senior running back Jeremie Maus busted a 49-yard TD run with 10:33 to go in the fourth quarter, and an extra point from Amos White, who hit all three of his attempts, tied the game at 21.
Tonganoxie back Austen Holloway gave the Chieftains confidence early with two first-half rushing touchdowns.
On the opening drive, he devoured 58 yards on four carries, capping it with a 41-yard score.
The Bobcats limited Carlisle’s productivity.
After racking up nine rushing scores in Tonganoxie’s previous two outings, the shifty junior QB failed to reach the end zone while carrying the ball 21 times for 79 yards.
The district-opening loss was Tonganoxie’s first in the Kaw Valley League, putting the team at 2-1 in Kaw Valley League play.
On Friday, the Chieftains will host K.C. Piper (5-2).
Tonganoxie 7 7 0 7 0 6 — 27
BLHS 7 7 7 0 0 7 — 28
T — Austen Holloway 41 run (Amos White kick)
B — Ryan Murphy 9 pass from Brandon Leppke (Bobby Courtney kick)
T — Holloway 5 run (White kick)
B — Richie O’Donnell 15 pass from Leppke (Courtney kick)
B — Leppke 3 run (Courtney kick)
T — Jeremie Maus 49 run (White kick)
B — Colin Murphy 10 pass from Leppke (Courtney kick)
T — Dylan Faulconer 19 pass from Jeremy Carlisle (Conversion failed)
Baldwin 62, Santa Fe Trail 10
Carbondale — Both teams entered this Class 4A district game here winless, but Baldwin came away with a dominating victory.
The Bulldogs (1-6) scored nine touchdowns, forced six Santa Fe Trail turnovers and got their first win of the season. SFT fell to 0-7.
“This is by far our most complete game of the season,” BHS coach Mike Berg said. “We played on both sides of the ball tonight. I couldn’t be happier for the kids tonight. They’ve fought through adversity. We’ve been sick, we’ve had turnovers, and we’ve missed tackles. They’ve come back every week, and now they’re rewarded for it.”
Josh Hoffman scored four of Baldwin’s touchdowns, all of which were on the ground. Jake Mindez, Sam Foye and Jove Mortenson also scored rushing touchdowns for Baldwin.
Ryan Rogers recovered a Sante Fe Trail fumble in the end zone to give BHS a touchdown early in the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Will Simmons jumped in front of an SFT wide receiver to intercept a pass. Simmons returned it 39 yards for the score.
Baldwin will play host to Perry-Lecompton at 7 p.m. Friday at Baker University’s Liston Stadium.
Baldwin 14 28 7 6 — 62
Santa Fe Trail 0 0 8 2 — 10
B — Josh Hoffman 7 run (Hoffman kick fail)
B — Hoffman 8 run (Hoffman kick)
B — Ryan Rogers fumble recovery 0 (Hoffman kick)
B — Jake Mindez 2 run (Hoffman kick)
B — Will Simmons 39 interception return (Hoffman kick)
B — Sam Foye 3 run (Hoffman kick)
B — Hoffman 22 run (Hoffman kick)
B — Hoffman 12 run (Hoffman kick)
SFT — Blade Wright 11 reception from Phoenix Anshutz (Corey Dahl pass from Anshutz)
SFT — Safety
B — Jove Mortenson 15 run (Hoffman kick fail)
Eudora 45, Perry-Lecompton 14
Perry — When the Eudora offense finally got going in the second half, it couldn’t be stopped.
Leading by seven to start the second half, the Cardinals scored touchdowns on three plays in a row in the third quarter to pull away from Perry.
Evan Cleveland started the second-half scoring surge on a 23-yard quarterback sweep down the left sideline. Wide receiver Christian Richardson made a block at the 15-yard line, and Cleveland went into the end zone untouched.
On the ensuing possession, Perry went three-and-out, and Cleveland connected with Brian Katzfey on 58-yard strike on the first play of the drive. Richardson then intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards into Perry territory. And on the first play of the drive, Caleb Clayton-Molby broke free up the middle for a 41-yard touchdown, pushing Eudora’s lead to 35-7.
Perry answered, recovering a fumble in the end zone midway through the fourth, but on the ensuing possession Eudora’s Chris Pyle gashed the Perry defense for a 66-yard touchdown run.
Boomer Mays led the Cardinals’ rushing attack with 104 yards on just eight carries and one touchdown. Pyle also had 22 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Eudora also had success passing, as Cleveland was 8-for-12 for 173 yards with a touchdown.
Katzfey caught five passes for 129 yards and scored one touchdown.
Eudora (5-2, 1-0) will host Santa Fe Trail on Friday.
Eudora 7 7 21 10 — 45
Perry 0 7 0 7 — 14
E — Chris Pyle 4 run (Matthew Jump kick)
PL — Trent Robb 6 pass from Jeremy Immenschuh (John Mehl kick)
E — Boomer Mays 17 run (Jump kick)
E — Evan Cleveland 23 run (Jump kick)
E — Brian Katzfey 58 pass from Cleveland (Jump kick)
E — Caleb Molby 41 run (Jump kick)
PL — Cody Amerine fumble recovery (Mehl kick)
E — Pyle 65 run (Jump kick)
E — Jump 20 field goal
Pleasant Ridge 36, Oskaloosa 20
Oskaloosa — Brandon Barnes had 29 carries for 270 yards and two touchdowns in a losing cause.
Barnes had TD runs of three and six yards.
Pleasant Ridge 15 7 14 0 — 36
Oskaloosa 8 6 8 0 — 20
PR — Hager 22 run (Flack kick)
O — Levi Wade 6 run (Brandon Barnes run)
PR — Hager 37 run (Ryan run)
O — Barnes 3 run (run fail)
PR — Jordan 39 pass form Hager (Flack kick)
PR — Hager 1 run
PR — Ryan 15 run (Ryan run)
O — Barnes 6 run (Barnes run)
Jefferson North 27, McLouth 0
Winchester — Jefferson North rushed for 301 yards on the night and pulled away after a scoreless-for-both-teams first half.
McLouth 0 0 0 0 — 0
Jefferson North 0 0 14 13 — 27
Scoring not available
De Soto 34, St. James Academy 21
Shawnee — Dyan Durford ran for 196 yards on 24 carries, and also returned a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown for De Soto.
De Soto 18 9 7 0 — 34
St. James 7 14 0 0 — 21
SJ — Chase Jackson 3 run (kick)
D — Logan Clark 1 run (kick failed)
D — Dylan Durford 55 punt return (kick failed)
D — Durford 41 run (run failed)
SJ — Matt Eckelman 47 pass from Jim Getto (kick)
D — De Soto safety
D — Clark 12 run (Josh Pasley kick)
SJ — Jackson 1 run (kick)
D — Jeff Bowen 84 kickoff return (Pasley kick)
De Soto record: 3-4. Next for De Soto: Friday at Spring Hill.