Rollo Powers Bobcats

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Senior Chas Rollo has been a beast for the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats in district and playoff action this season.  Rollo on 24 carries trucked for 182 yards and 3 TD’s on the ground and added another 48 yards and a TD receiving in a 48-14 win over Ottawa.  The year of the running back has hit another twist for sure as Rollo’s 1436 yards and 20 rushing TD’s has thrust him into the SHUKC all time rushing list.  Rollo who is averaging 8.3 yards per carry this season has been a true force.

The Bobcats worked over Ottawa 48-14 to collect their 11th win of the season.  The win Friday is significant because it creates a new school record for wins in a season.  A fan base that longed for the days for when Colin and Ryan Murphy torched defenses along side Ben Johnson has received a true treasure in coach Rod Stallbaumer.  With hope and expectations so low when he was hired it gave him an easy run way to get started.  The infrastructure certainly in place with one of the best strength programs in the state Stallbaumer has been a magician.  Quietly stacking up a 23-8 record in his 3rd full season.

It is not just the winning percentage but the playoff wins that have had the Bobcat faithful so excited.  They enter the semi-finals of the state tournament against Miege which marks 3 years of progress toward a goal of a championship. 

I can’t help but think back 3 years to his first early decision as head coach.  He named a small but gutty kid to be quarterback named Justin Phillips.  The opening game of that year Phillips made a play in overtime which seems to have set this ball in motion.  In OT Phillips worked the right side and dove into the end zone for a huge win.  In one moment Stallbaumer got some credibility with the fan base and I should only hope a now 3 year appreciation filled relationship with Basehor.

Phillips enters the substate game this week completing 64% of his throws, 1791 yards, 18 TD’s and just 3 INT’s, 304 yards rushing and another 8 TD’s.  Every coach has to have a QB and Phillips maturing and development has been phenomenal to follow. 

I said this on twitter that out of respect to this fine season and the Bobcats I am not going to comment on the game Friday against Miege.  I will just say that I am proud of this squad and wish them nothing but good luck!

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