QB Andrew Ballock on one of his many runs of the night in the victory over Louisburg (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)
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If the Eudora Cardinal game on Friday night was a movie, it would have had the title of Eudora – Lousiburg 2: The Andrew Ballock show.
Ballock put on a clinic in rushing Friday night as the Cardinals were victorious over the Louisburg Wildcats 19-0 in Louisburg. This was a rematch of the teams from week 2 earlier this season when both teams pushed each other in a game Coach Gregg Webb described as a “bloodbath” with Eudora squeaking by the first time around 21-20.
Eudora relied almost exclusively on their run game all night long. The Cards put seven points on the board when, late in the first quarter, Ballock scored on a one yard run following a 9 play, 54 yard drive. They followed that up midway through the 2nd quarter when Gabe Cleveland crossed the goal line with 6:54 left. Ballock was the star of the drive though when he returned the Louisburg punt from the Cardinal 19 yard line for 25 yards. Shortly thereafter, he tore off another run for 40 yards that that put Eudora on the 6 yard line. Cleveland scored on a pair of three yard runs. Garrett Elston could not make his second point after attempt which gave the Cardinals a 13-0 lead they took to halftime.
Halfway through the 3rd quarter, Cleveland again punched in another touchdown when he ran in from 11 yards out to give the Cards the 19-0 final score. Coach Greg Webb elected to go for 2 and Louisburg showed one of their few defensive stops of the night when Ballock could not complete the conversion.
Ballock was the star of the night with 147 yards in rushing. Not only did he have the two long gains on the second scoring drive, he continually swept around the ends for significant gains throughout the game. Ballock also had 35+ yards on punt returns and had another 30 yard run that was wiped off the board by a holding penalty against Eudora in the second quarter.
A scary moment occurred with just under 10 minutes to go in the game when Ballock went down on the sideline after an 8 yard end around run. Fans witnessed Ballock on the ground being attended to by team trainers for several minutes, but had their fears of a serious injury calmed when he got up and went back in on the Cardinals next defensive series. According to reports, the injury was due to cramping and turned out to be only a minor issue.
The team celebrates with the Sectional Championship trophy (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)
The Cards now have a week to prepare for the substate home game against Piper from KCK. This will be another rematch for the Cardinals as they defeated Piper 25-7 in a rain soaked game in the season opener.