Logansport beats Basile with quick strikes

Published 11:00 am Saturday, November 27, 2021

BASILE — Going into the Class 1A quarterfinals, No. 9 Basile knew it couldn’t give up big chunks of yards to high-powered No. 1 Logansport.

But the Tigers were able to reel off two first-quarter monster scoring plays and beat the Bearcats 44-14 Friday night.

Quarterback Khameron Boykins scored on an 89-yard run on Logansport’s first offensive play. Less than under 3 minutes later, Jace Thompson broke loose for a 62-yard score to give the Tigers (8-4) a 14-0 lead after two offensive plays.

“We had people in the right positions but we just missed the tackles,” Basile head coach Kevin Bertrand said. “It was just a matter of us catching up to their speed.

“Man, they are fast. It took us a while. I don’t know if we ever caught up. They had some big plays and we knew we had to limit that. It is what is. We lost to a better team tonight.”

Boykins finished with five carries for 90 yards and completed 9 of 14 passes for 118 yards and two scores. Thompson picked up 106 yards on eight carries.

Basile (8-5) moved the ball with 310 yards of total offense, and Ethan Bazinet ran for 170 yards and two scores on 26 carries. But the Bearcats made mistakes at inopportune times. Their first possession ended on an interception at the Tigers’ 11-yard line, which led to Logansport’s first score. With just under 3 minutes left in the first half, the Bearcats got to the Tigers’ 5-yard line down 28-7 but turned the ball over on downs.

“I thought we left some points on the field,” Bertrand said. “We had a slip one time, and I should have kicked a field goal right there before the end of the half. That was my mistake. Just things like that we knew we left some points out on the field. It could have been a closer game. In hindsight, you think about that kind of stuff.”

The loss ended the Bearcats’ win streak at seven games.

Basile’s season ended in the quarterfinals for the eighth time in 10 seasons despite starting the season 1-3.

“I am proud of my kids, not just for tonight but the whole year,” Bertrand said. “They played their hearts out week in and week out. They did everything our coaches asked them to do, and I couldn’t be more proud of my players.”

“The leadership on our team was great. Their attitude was great. They never hung their heads, even tonight. They kept playing hard and kept on trying. I can’t ask a player to play harder than they can. That is what they have done all year long is play as hard as they can.”

Logansport pushed its win streak to eight games and will host No. 4 Oak Grove in next week’s semifinals. Oak Grove, the defending 1A state champion, beat No. 12 West St. John 34-6.