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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!

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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.

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Congratulations to Bella Meyer, Student of the Week for September 8-12!

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Bella is a fifth grader in Mrs. Reanier’s class at Eudora Elementary School.  She is the daughter of Sean and Sara Lorenz.  Here are a few things about Bella:

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: My Sister is a Vampire

Favorite food: Pizza

Hero: My dad because I want to be an artist like him.

What are your future plans?  Go to college, learn about art, and become an art teacher.

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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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Cheerleader_Bonner_Springs_2014_09_05A Eudora Cheerleader celebrates near the start of the season opener against Bonner Springs (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

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The Eudora Cardinals opened up their season Friday night with a 35-27 victory at Bonner Springs.  The Cardinals, under new head coach Jesse Owen, are looking to improve on the 5-4 record they posted last season.

Eudora got on the scoreboard first with a rushing touchdown late in the 1st quarter.  Bonner Springs quickly answered that with a passing touchdown just two minutes later to tie it up. Eudora then took a 7 point lead into halftime when they completed a pass for a touchdown with under a minute to go.

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Eudora Head Coach Jesse Owen preps his team for the game against Bonner Springs (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

Eudora got the ball back following halftime and went down the field scoring again, putting the Cardinals up by two touchdowns. Bonner Springs though wasn’t ready to give up.  The Braves scored two successive touchdowns with 5 minutes left to go and again found the end zone with nearly a minute left to go in the 3rd quarter to tie the game back up.

The see-saw back and forth game continued in the 4th quarter when Eudora took the ball down the field on the opening possession of the quarter for a rushing touchdown. Bonner Springs eventually worked the ball down the field and with 5 minutes left to go in the game punched one in. The game turned when Bonner Springs could not make the extra point kick and the Cardinals led the game by one.

The icing on the cake came when Eudora scored another rushing touchdown with a minute left in the game to give the Cards the victory.

Grant_Elston_Bonner_Springs_2014_09_05Grant Elston runs through the Bonner Springs tacklers on the way to a 35-27 victory over the Bonner Springs Braves (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

The Cardinals will travel to Louisburg next Friday night to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 PM. Louisburg is also 1-0 after beating Ottawa Friday night 19-0.

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Mitchell BallockMitchell Ballock heads down the court during the State Championship Tournament (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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Eudora High sophomore combo guard Mitchell Ballock, who led the Cardinals to the Class 4A-II state championship last March and starred at this summer’s Stephen Curry camp in California, has been offered a scholarship to play basketball at Kansas University.

“Very excited,” the 6-foot-4 Ballock told the Journal-World on Monday night after receiving the offer on his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.

He added that he has “no time frame. I have a long time (to make decision on a school).”

Ballock, a left-handed sharpshooter, has received offers from KU, Creighton and Iowa State. It’s expected that before long he will be offered by all the major colleges in the country.

“I kind of knew it was coming, but I was surprised when it (KU offer) happened,” he told JayhawkSlant.com.

Ballock won a three-point shooting contest from the NBA line and was recognized with the “best shooter” award at the end of the Curry camp, which was for 20 of the top high school guards in the country and a couple from overseas. It was invitation-only.

He averaged more than 20 points a game for state champ Eudora High last season.

“Kansas fans, I hate to get you too excited,” ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted from the Curry camp, “but … Eudora soph, Mitch (Ballock) put on a shooting show at @StephenCurry30 Select Camp. NBA range.”

His 16th birthday was the final day of the camp.

“That was a good way to spend it (birthday),” Ballock, a member of the KCRunGMC program, told the Journal-World recently. “It was cool. … It was different for me. A lot of good talent, a lot of players. You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that every day.”

Mitchell, who scored 40 points in his first high school game, totaled 20 points, while his brother, Andrew, scored 19 in Eudora’s 71-58 state-title victory over Scott City in March in Park City. It was the first state hoops title in Eudora history. Andrew, a senior on last year’s team, is a freshman scholarship player at Missouri Southern, where he will play for former KU players Jeff Boschee (head coach) and Nick Bradford (assistant).

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