Ballock-Elston_SJAQB Andrew Ballock hands off to RB Grant Elston in one of Ballock’s final plays for Eudora High against St. James Academy (photo by photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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Eudora High football was dealt a blow last Thursday night when, in the second quarter of their 27-21 loss against St. James Academy, Senior QB Andrew Ballock suffered an ankle injury that forced him from the game.   Following the game, Head Coach Kevin Kopecky did not know if the angle was sprained or broken. On Monday, Kopecky confirmed to that Ballock’s injury was a broken ankle and he will be out at least 4 to 6 weeks which means that his season and career as a high school quarterback have come to an end.

Ballock, a standout out on the basketball court as well as the gridiron, will look to be back in uniform for the Cardinals when the basketball team begins their season on Dec. 5 at Spring Hill.  In the mean time, the team has made a decision on who will lead the Cardinals for the balance of the football season.

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QB Andrew Ballock is helped off the field after breaking an ankle during the game against St. James Academy (photo by Photojournalist Julie Stewart)

“Grant Elston will be our quarterback for the remainder of the season,” Kopecky said.  “He’s a versatile athlete and extremely capable. All the coaches have to keep reminding themselves he’s only a Sophomore.”

Elston, the team’s running back to this point, piled up significant yardage behind Ballock this season, but quickly showed his talents as a passer in the second half Thursday night after taking over for Ballock following the injury.  Elston passed for two touchdowns in a comeback bid that fell six points short.

“Now, our tailback position is a question,” Kopecky explained. “This week in practice we will be working on some options including having Chris Rivers and maybe J.T. Howell in that slot. We will be doing  a little experimentation to see what works better.”

It may be a good week to have to experiment.  The Cardinals will take on 1-5 Santa Fe Trail Friday night at Eudora District Stadium.

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