‘Cats improve in losing effort
DeSoto showed signs of giving Brad Scott his first win during his tenure with the Wildcats against Basehor-Linwood Friday night.
The Wildcat defense forced a Bobcat punt and fumble in the first quarter. But the Bobcats, like Santa Fe Trail a week before, made their first score on a long punt return, and never looked back in a 33-8 win at Basehor.
DeSoto held Basehor-Linwood scoreless until five seconds were left on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Before the Wildcats could regroup, they fumbled on the second play of the second quarter. Basehor-Linwood capitalized on the next down when junior running back Joey Barlow scampered for a 27-yard touchdown run with 11:16 left in the first half.
The Bobcats led 19-0 at halftime and 33-0 in the final quarter until DeSoto sophomore running back Michael Allen gave the Wildcats a boost in the game's closing minute.
From his own 30-yard line, Allen took a handoff from quarterback Greg Francis and found running room to the right side of the field. Allen put the Wildcats on the board with a 70-yard run with 12 seconds remaining in the contest. Allen finished with 136 yards on the night.
Despite the big run, the young Wildcats suffered another defeat. That didn't seem to bother Scott, who saw improvement in his team.
"We played so much better," Scott said after the game.
He was also proud of his team's attitude after Basehor-Linwood's first two scores, almost back-to-back.
"We're used to bad things happening," Scott said. "After a couple bad
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things happened tonight, we kept our heads up."
The Wildcats have another chance at their first win when Tonganoxie comes to DeSoto Friday. The Chieftains are also 0-3 after losing to Pembroke Hill, Mo., 18-13 Friday.
- The Wildcats continued to have some extra school spirit in the stands and in the parking lot.
A school group, which calls itself the Painted Posse continues to attend every DeSoto football game. The fans also tailgate before games. Scott said the group had roughly 40 members and was led by students Kerry Regan, Luci Ramsey and Patrick Luttin.
"They're definitely the best fans around," Scott said.
- DeSoto donned its road jerseys for the first time this year. The Wildcats wore their home green jerseys at Lansing after the Lions home jerseys weren't delivered before the season opener Aug. 31. The Wildcats wore their home greens against Santa Fe Trail Sept. 8 at DeSoto also.