High School Sports

This high school football team has yet to let an opponent score

Basehor-Linwood has started the season with a prolific offense and stifling defense.
Basehor-Linwood has started the season with a prolific offense and stifling defense.

Many teams are off to hot starts across the region, but it’d be hard to argue anyone is hotter than Basehor-Linwood.

The Bobcats (2-0) have outscored their opponents by a combined 110-0.

They opened the season with a 72-0 throttling of Bishop Ward at home before taking to the road to blank Spring Hill 38-0.

The team’s torrid beginning to the season has been crucial to building off last year’s successful season, when they went 11-1 and reached the Kansas 4A semifinals.

“We had a lot of new starters this season,” coach Rod Stallbaumer said. “Getting off to a fast start is really pretty big in helping them build confidence going into the season.”

That confidence has showed, and the effort has been well-rounded in the first two weeks. Out of their 110 total points, the defense has scored 21 and the special-teams units have accounted for 14 more.

You can’t win if you can’t score, and nobody has been able to get onto the scoreboard against the Bobcats this season.

Stallbaumer attributes that success to the amount of experience the team returned on defense.

“Our defense has been lights-out,” Stallbaumer said. “Those guys are very quick, they’re very aggressive, and that experience is really helping them. They are playing really well together as a unit.”

That unit has been led by the play of linebacker Joey Foster, who Stallbaumer sees as the team’s defensive leader.

“He’s the kind of kid that is engrossed in the scouting report, and knows the other team’s tendencies,” Stallbaumer said. “He’s able to make sure that we’re lined up in the right formations and expecting the right stuff.”

Another key contributor to the Bobcats’ defense is Kyle Alcanter, who intercepted two passes in the win a week ago.

J.C. Watson, meanwhile, has carried the offense in his first season starting at quarterback. Last week he combined for 263 yards, with 125 coming through the air and 138 on the ground.

“He’s been a catalyst for us offensively the first two weeks,” said Stallbaumer.

Watson’s ability to move the offense with his arm and his legs is only the beginning of his versatility. He has also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Basehor-Linwood plays at Turner at 7 p.m. Friday.