by Brian Turrel
There will be some dark, difficult days on head coach Rick Byers’s quest to bring football glory back to Turner, and maybe this was one, a 57-6 loss to Basehor-Linwood on Friday evening in Turner.
The Bobcats scored early and often, starting with a fumble recovery at the Turner 25 on the Bears’ first drive, and converting the turnover to a touchdown a short time later.
Basehor-Linwood held a visible size advantage on the field, and got a push at the line on both sides of the ball. Turner quarterback Matt Jimenez found himself frequently harassed behind the line, contributing to two interceptions.
When Turner did move the ball, it was usually on the legs of senior running back Ty Cole. Cole’s elusive running style was successful on inside and outside runs, whenever he was able to get some blocking to create a gap in the line or some space on the edge.
Cole had a three-play sequence in the second quarter where he earned a total of 48 yards on three consecutive carries.
Cole scored Turner’s only touchdown on a short run in the third quarter after the Bobcats muffed a punt to set Turner up with a short field at the Basehor-Linwood 22-yard line.
The game was well-attended by fans of both teams, but a brief, cold shower in the third quarter chased most of the crowd from the suspenseless finish.
The loss drops Turner to 1-3 for the season. The Golden Bears will celebrate homecoming next Friday, as Atchison visits.