Baldwin holds off Basehor for 21-19 season-opening victory
Baldwin’s defense made a big fourth down stop at midfield with 42 seconds remaining, preserving a season-opening 21-19 victory against visiting Basehor-Linwood.
The fourth down stop at Baldwin’s 41 yard line came after the Bobcats moved the ball from its own 13 yard line to the Baldwin 35 behind the passing of junior quarterback Justin Phillips. The drive lost momentum, however, when Basehor was flagged for holding on second-and-10 from the Baldwin 42 and then picked up an illegal procedure call on fourth-and-2 to set up the fourth-down play.
Baldwin got on the scoreboard first on just its second play from scrimmage when junior running back Justin Howard busted open on a run up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs scored again when senior Joel Katzer turned Basehor's mishandled punt snap into a 60-yard touchdown with 8:10 to play in the second quarter.
Basehor got its first touchdown of the season with just 8.5 seconds left in the first half when senior Nick Fisher outreached defenders for a 3-yard touchdown reception, finishing a six-play, 93-yard drive. In what proved to be a key play in the game, the Bobcats missed the extra-point kick after the first successful conversion was called back on a penalty.
Baldwin took advantage of another Bobcat fumble early in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Garrett Burkhart competed a six-play, 24-yard drive with a four-yard run. Basehor answered right back when senior Jahron McPherson took the ensuing to the house from 83 yards out.
Basehor got within two points when it put together a 41-yard drive that ended with Phillips connecting on a 2-yard fade pass to junior Parker Scott. Katzer maintained the lead for the Bulldogs, however, when he knocked away Phillps’ pass at the goal line on a 2-point conversion.
Baldwin will play next Friday at K.C. Piper.
Baldwin 21, Basehor-Linwood 19
Baldwin (1-0) 7 7 7 0 - 21
Basehor-Linwood (0-1) 0 6 13 0 - 19
Baldwin scoring: Howard, 58 yard run (Blake Adamson kick); Joel Katzer, 60-yard fumble return (Adamson kick); Garrett Burkhart, 4-yard run (Adamson kick)
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Justin Phillips 6-yard pass to Nick Fisher (kick failed); Jahron McPherson 93-yard kickoff return ((Parker Rusk kick); Phillips 2-yard pass to Eric Scott (2-point conversion failed)