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2014-09-19 Seth Griffith_PaolaRunning Back Seth Griffith tries to find a hole in the defense during the 48-8 loss to Paola (photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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My mother always said to me if you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say it all. Sadly though, if I followed that advice for this story, it would begin and end with the statement that the Cardinals lost 48-8 against the Paola Panthers at Eudora District Stadium Friday night.

The Cardinal defense was completely absent during the entire game. The offense showed very little. Special teams were abysmal. That kind of sums up the loss on Friday night.

Paola started the opening drive from their own 47 yard line due to a short kick on kickoff.  Eudora’s starting kicker and quarterback, Grant Elston was injured during last weeks game. Elston suffered a bruised ankle in the loss at Louisburg and was out for this game. Paola  took just 1:13 to score on a 3 play 57 yard drive. All three plays were runs by Paola Running Back Nathan Staats.  Special teams did block the extra point attempt and the lead was only 6. Eudora then marched right back down the field. Substitute Quarterback Austin Downing, and Running Back Seth Griffith combined for a series of runs with Griffith punching the ball in fro 4 yards out to even up the game. Downing ran in the two point conversion to give the Cards their only lead of the night. All of this was in the first three minutes of the game. After that Paola took control and never looked back.

Eudora dance team member Lauryn Splichal tries to help cheer on the crowd during the 48-8 loss to Paola (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

Eudora dance team member Lauryn Splichal tries to help cheer on the crowd during the 48-8 loss to Paola (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

Paola scored on the next possession and made the two point conversion to take a 14-8 lead. They added 6 more with 10:39 left in the second and again with 6:28 to give them a 28-8 lead going into the locker room.

Paola figured out how to stop the Cardinal offense, led mainly by running plays from Downing, Griffith and Chris Rivers, but the Cardinal defense simply could not stop the Panther’s offense. Paola scored 3 more times in the third quarter to give them a 48-8 final victory.

Injuries played a big part in the Cardinal loss as well. With several players out before the game even started, the offense was moved around trying to cobble together some offense. The players who saw much of the plays through out the night also went down during the game include Griffith with cramping issues and Rivers who had an undisclosed injury on the Paola sideline in the 4th quarter.

Following the game, new Eudora Head Coach Jesse Owen was not pleased with his team’s play on the night.

“Ugly,” was simply how Owen described the 2014 home debut. “Fundamentally it was a  poor performance on both sides of the ball. We got pushed around at the point of contact and we missed a lot of tackles.”

Owen said the team’s performance was very undisciplined and talked generally about all the injuries.

“We have a lot of adversity right now. We have some key people out, but that’s not an excuse,” Owen stated. “We were expecting everyone to kind of step up and hold the fort down. We get rattled when something doesn’t go our way and that’s the sign of a team that really needs to look into the mirror. The coaching staff needs to look into the mirror and there’s room for improvement that’s for sure.”

Owen would not comment on specific players injuries and gave no timetable for a return by any of them.

Eudora is now 1-2 on the season and will have a tough test from their neighbor to the south, Wellsville next Friday night at Eudora District Stadium. Wellsville racked up two wins already this season with decisive wins over Osawatomie and Anderson County.

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Congratulations to Mindy McClaskey, Student of the Week for September 15-19!

Mindy McClaskey

Mindy, a junior at Eudora High School, is the daughter of Jon and Jacque McClaskey.  Here are a few things about Mindy:

Favorite subject: Band

Favorite book: The Book Thief

Favorite food: Strawberries

Hero: My parents

What are your future plans?  I plan to major in music education after high school.


The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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Griffith_Chumbley_Louisburg_2014_09_12Seth Griffith (21) and Ross Chumbley make a tackle during the loss to Louisburg Friday night (Photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart) 

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The Eudora Cardinals posted their first lost of the season in Louisburg Friday night 14-7.  The bigger loss though may have been starting quarterback Grant Elston.

Elston got Eudora on the score board first when he ran it in from the 19 yard line with about six minutes to go in the first quarter. Elston also kicked the extra point to make it 7-0. Louisburg tied up the game in the 2nd quarter when Cole Kramer scored on a 9 yard run into the end zone and Alex Dunn made the point after attempt.

The game went back and forth and early in the fourth quarter Alex Dunn scored the game winning touchdown from one yard out and hit the extra point attempt to give Louisburg the 14-7 win and drop the Cardinals to 1-1 on the season.

Elston_Louisburg_2014-09-12Grant Elston takes the ball down field in the Cardinal loss to Louisburg Friday night (Photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart) 

Following the game, we learned that Eudora Quarterback Grant Elston was injured in the second half. Elston was hit and had his leg wrapped but played through the injury until the end of the game. According to reports, his ankle was either broken or badly sprained.  The extent of the injury was not available late Friday night.  The seriousness of the injury will be determined Saturday morning.

If Elston is unable to play, this deals a serious blow to the Cardinals as they lose their starting quarterback and place kicker. We will have more details as they become available.

Paola will come to town next Friday night to open up the Cardinals home field. Paola is 1-1 after a one point loss to Spring Hill last week and a 24-0 win over De Soto in Paola Friday night.

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Eudorareporter.com is proud to announce that Meet the Candidates 2014 will be held in the Eudora Middle School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 28. The forum is being sponsored by Eudorareporter.com and the Knights of Columbus Eudora Council #12932  in partnership with the Eudora School District.

Meet the Candidates 2014 will feature a debate between the three candidates for the United States 2nd Congressional District in Kansas and the candidates for the 42nd Kansas House of Representatives.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R), Margie Wakefield (D) and Chris Clemmons (L) will square off answering questions on a variety of topics. The topics and questions will be put together by a panel of editors from Eudorareporter.com with the assistance of the Government Studies class at Eudora High School.  The debate will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M.


Following the U.S House of Representatives debate, we will feature Rep. Connie O’Brien and Austin Lee Harris who are vying for the 42nd Kansas House District.

Eudorareporter.com was selected as one of only three hosts for debates between the U.S. Congressional candidates during the election season.  This debate will be the first time the candidates for Congress and the Kansas House face each other.

We encourage everyone to come out and hear from the candidates themselves where they stand on a variety of issues so voters can make an informed decision in November.





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This weekend promises beautiful weather and entertainment for everyone! The 3rd Annual Eudora BBQ Cook-off Charity Event and Festival will be held on Saturday (Sept. 13) from 10am until 8pm at the CPA Park in downtown Eudora.  The event is operated by the Midwest Cultural Foundation. Proceeds from the charity aspect of the event will benefit the Eudora Area Historical Society’s museum rehabilitation project.

Some of the many entertaining events will include: BBQ competition, classic cars, live music, dancing, interactive speakers, historical re-enactors, local vendors, folk arts and crafts. The Eudora Area Historical Society will be holding a craft sale to raise funds for their museum rehabilitation project at the CPA Park all day Saturday as well.

Join the festive spirit this weekend and help celebrate what Eudora is all about!


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Some of the craft items for sale

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