Senior Quarterback/Safety Andrew Ballock on one of his nine carries for 137 yards on the night. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)
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The 5-0 Eudora Cardinals came into the game with high expectations on Friday night as they took on St. James Academy who also had a perfect record. St. James Academy had given Eudora their only loss during last years regular season and the team was looking for revenge.
A highly defensive battle kept the game scoreless for the first half. In the third quarter, Quarterback/Safety Andrew Ballock made two quick interceptions with the second one taking the ball to the St. James Academy 6 yard line. A few plays later, Ballock reached the end zone when he called his own number and scored from the 2. Ballock ended up with three interceptions on the night.
On the Cardinals next drive, Senior Markis Hill found the end zone on a 7 yard run. which followed a 91-yard run by Ballock.
In the fourth quarter, St. James Academy took over the game. With a little over five minutes remaining, St. James Academy Junior Alex King scored on a five-yard run. Follow a quick three and out, St. James quickly went no huddle and scored the game tying touchdown with one minute left on a 30 yard run by Junior Jake Bade.
Eudora then committed their only turnover of the night when Senior Garret Elston coughed up the football at their own 38 yard line on the ensuing kickoff. St. James Junior Alex King then drilled a 36 yard field goal as time expired to give St. James a 17-14 win.
The game was delayed 15 minutes as sophomore Connor Moore was injured on the kickoff after the Thunder’s first touchdown. Reports stated that Moore was knocked unconscious on the play but had feeling in all his extremities.