Tigers put scare into Bobcats before falling
BASEHOR — Seventh-seeded Fort Scott was within a one score of second-seeded Basehor-Linwood at the end of three quarters here Friday night in a Class 4A Regional Playoff Game.
The host Bobcats (9-1) outscored the Tigers 14-0 in the fourth quarter and went on to take a 31-14 victory, advancing to a Class 4A Sectional Playoff game versus third-seeded Paola that they’ll play in Basehor next Friday. The Panthers (9-1) had a scare of their own from sixth-seeded Tonganoxie before winning, 35-13.
The loss ends the Tigers’ season at 7-3 with the losses coming to three of the top four seeds on the East side of the Class 4A bracket — Basehor, Paola and fourth-seeded Pittsburg. It also brings to a close the coaching career of Bob Campbell, who finished with a of 186-63 over 23 seasons and goes out as the second-winningest coach in the history of the Southeast Kansas League. Only Pittsburg’s Larry Garman, who won 253 games from 1965 to 1998, claimed more wins than Campbell. Garman and Campbell are the only two SEK coaches who coached more than 200 games.
Basehor-Linwood outgained Fort Scott 416 yards to 264 but had trouble getting on the scoreboard early, coming away with nothing despite getting two takeaways in the first 3 1/2 minutes of play. The Bobcats were forced to punt after recovering a fumble three plays into the game and missed a short field goal after recovering another fumble with around nine minutes to go.
It wasn’t until there was 5:43 remaining in the first when Basehor was able to take advantage of its good field position as quarterback Dylan Mussett found A.J. Cooper from 42 yards out to make it 7-0.
The Tigers then had trouble taking advantage of good field position. Dalton Colvin recovered a muffed punt at the Bobcats’ 9-yard line with just under three minutes to go in the quarter. But Fort Scott managed only 5 yards before turning it over on downs.
Early in the second, Bobcat running back Nolan Ford scored on a 9-yard run, making it 14-0 with 10:42 on the clock.
The Tigers took over and went on a long drive, aided by some penalties and Matt Campbell’s passing. He found Ty Gorman to keep the drive alive on fourth-and-4 from the Basehor 20 with a 5-yard completion. But Fort Scott was stopped again, this on fourth-and-12 from the 17.
Nick Lawrence intercepted Mussett a few plays later to, returning it 37 yards to the Basehor 3. Two plays later, Campbell snuck into the end zone to get the Tigers on the board with 1:52 to go in the half.
Basehor needed only 1:14 to respond, getting a 28-yard field goal from Nathaniel Peterson to make it 17-7, which stood as the halftime score.
Basehor outgained Fort Scott 199 yards to 83 in the first half, controlling the Tiger rushing game in particular, holding them to 34 yards on 17 carries.
Lawrence intercepted another pass to set up another scoring chance in the third quarter. But Basehor made another fourth-down stop on fourth-and-5 at the Bobcats’ 38.
A punt pinned the Tigers back at their own 5 to begin their next possession. Dalton Colvin gained 2 yards on the first play. A pass-interference call moved the ball to 22 from where Campbell hit Gorman for a 78-yard scoring strike that brought the Tigers within 17-14 with 2:04 to go in the quarter.
The Bobcats responded with a 17-play, 79-yard drive capped by a fourth-and-goal, 2-yard run by Mussett with 7:17 to go.
The Bobcats stopped another fourth-down play at their own 22, then took the ball and scored seven plays later on a 40-yard run by Marlon McDaniel.
McDaniel rushed for 112 yards while Ford gained 105. Mussett threw for exactly 200 yards. Campbell passed for 195 for the Tigers, completing seven to Gorman for 145 yards.
FORT SCOTT....................... 0 7 7 0 — 14
BASEHOR-LINWOOD........ 7 10 0 14 — 31
|Team stats||Fort Scott||B-L|
BL — Cooper 42 pass from Mussett (Parkinson kick), 5:43
BL — Ford 9 run (Parkinson kick), 10:42
FS — Campbell 3 run (J. Zubieta kick), 1:52
BL — FG Parkinson 28, :38
FS — Gorman 78 pass from Campbell (J. Zubieta kick), 2:04
BL — Mussett 2 run (Parkinson kick), 7:17
BL — McDaniel 40 run (Parkinson kick), 1:11
RUSHING: Fort Scott — Colvin 12-32, C.Bradbury 4-8, Campbell 6-8, Wilson 6-8. Basehor-Linwood — McDaniel 16-112, Ford 18-105, Mussett 1-1, team 1-minus 2.
PASSING: Fort Scott — Campbell 12-28-0-195, Gorman 1-1-0-13. Basehor-Linwood — Mussett 12-23-2-200.
RECEIVING: Fort Scott — Gorman 7-145, Shoemaker 3-19, C.Bradbury 1-24, Campbell 1-13, Horton 1-7. Basehor-Linwood — Coleman 5-53, Donnely 2-75, Cooper 2-49, McKnight 2-4, Ford 1-19.
MISSED FIELD GOALS: Basehor-Linwood — Parkinson 21 (WL).