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Congratulations to Mike McClaskey, Student of the Week for September 29-October 3!

Mike McClaskey

Mike, the son of Jon and Jacque McClaskey, is a sophomore in the Animal Science program at the Eudora De Soto Technical Education Center.  Here are a few things about Mike:

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite food: Steak

Hero: Batman

What are your future plans?  I would like to be a vet.

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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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Downing_Griffith_Wellsville_2014_09_26Austin Downing escapes tacklers as he heads down field with Senior Seth Griffith looking to block in Eudora’s win over Wellsville Friday night (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

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It may have not been pretty, but style points don’t figure into putting one in the win column.  The Cardinals outlasted the Wellsville Eagles Friday night at Eudora District Stadium 19-16 to get up to .500 on the season.

Eudora did not get the win by looking good, but the defense came up big when they needed to, stopping Wellsville near the goal line many times.  Eudora got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when QB Austin Downing scored on a 13 yard run. The Cards went for the extra point, but a mishandled snap on the attempt left them with a 6-0 lead.

The teams went back and forth down the field in the remainder of the first half with the only highlight being Grant Elston making a short appearance at QB and punter.  Elston was injured two weeks ago in the loss to Louisburg. Elston handed the ball off several times in his return and appeared to be in the game for evaluation purposes to see how his ankle is healing.

“He’s making progress,” Head Coach Jess Owen said following the game. “We wanted to give him a couple of series.  He could have played some more, but we’re glad to have him back.”

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Travis Neis and Skyler Manley help wrap up a win over Wellsville Friday night (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

The Second half started off with some excitement. The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and took the ball to their own 39. The very first offensive play following the return, Downing took off and scored a 61 yard rushing touchdown.  Eudora went for the two point conversion and couldn’t run it in giving them a 12-0 lead.

The teams went back forth in a game that saw so many yellow flags on the ground, you would have thought Dorothy and Toto were going to have a yellow road to stroll down. The unofficial count for penalties was 19 with Eudora accounting for 13 of them.

In the fourth quarter, Eudora again scored early when Downing broke off another long run, this time for 79 yards. Eudora hit the extra poitn kick and took a 19-0 lead. Wellsville then finally got into the game. Wellsville Senior Brett Osbern scored on a 21 yard run with 10:48 left. The extra point kick cut the Eudora lead to 11.  Wellsville again found the end zone when QB Cole Silsby hit Osbern with a 46 yard pass. The successful two-point conversion cut Eudora’s lead to 3 with 5:29 left.  On the ensuing drive Downing fumbled the ball right at the 50 yard line giving Wellsville hope of taking the lead, but Wellsville could not get any offense going and the Cards won by the 19-16 final.

Eudora’s defense made some key stops near the end zone on long Wellsville drives during the entire game.  The defense seemed to have a bend but don’t break style of play.

“As a whole, we obviously improved from a week ago, but we have a lot of room for improvement,” Owen said.  “We still had some bad pursuit angles, we still are dropping our heads a lot and we had just way to many missed tackles.”

Eudora will celebrate their Homecoming game next Friday night when Basehor-Linwood comes to town.  The Bobcats are 3-1 on the season with wins over Baldwin, Lansing and Turner High School. Their sole loss came against Bonner Springs, a team Eudora beat in the season opener.

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Congratulations to Michaela Safford, Student of the Week for September 22-26!

Michaela Safford

Michaela, a sixth grader at Eudora Middle School, is the daughter of Brenda O’Keefe.  Here are a few things about Michaela:

Favorite subject: Social Studies, reading, math and band

Favorite book: Smile, Sisters and Drama

Favorite food: Chinese lo mein noodles

Hero: My mom

What are your future plans? I want to be a kindergarten teacher at EES and in the summer I want to be a lifeguard at the Eudora pool.

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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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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.

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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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