QB Andrew Ballock on one of his many runs Thursday night (Photo by eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)
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The Eudora Cardinals advanced to the Regional playoffs Tuesday evening with a 13-0 shutout of the De Soto Wildcats in District play.
Defense was the name of the game for both teams as neither offense could get anything going in the first half. Eudora spent much of the half in Wildcat territory but could not find enough momentum to make it into the end zone. The Cardinals only gained 103 yards in the first half, much on that coming off short runs by Junior Quarterback Andrew Ballock.
The Cardinals finally cracked the end zone near the end of the first half when Ballock scored on a 9 yard run with 1:42 left to give the Cardinals the lead. The extra point was good and the Cards headed for the locker room shortly after the score with a 7-0 lead.
The third quarter was much like the first half with neither team able to find the end zone. De Soto tried to start a passing game in the third but Eudora’s defense would not allow any momentum by the Wildcats.
In the fourth quarter, De Soto finally started making some strides with the passing game and marched down the field all the way to Eudora’s 4 yard line. With De Soto looking like they were going to tie it up, a high snap in the shotgun formation sailed high over the head of De Soto quarterback Corbin Clark and Eudora recovered on the 25 yard line.
Eudora finally reached the end zone once again with exactly 2 minutes to go in the game when Ballock scored from the 1. The point after attempt was blocked but an offsides call against De Soto gave Eudora a second chance. On the 2nd attempt, De Soto showed speed they never showed at any other time of the game and blocked the second attempt as well.
“We were terrible tonight,” Eudora Coach Gregg Webb said after the game. “We didn’t block anything. We were fortunate tonight with that high snap. We were just not good.”
Webb was not very excited with having to meet De Soto again this season.
“This is one of those typical Frontier League games where we were just stuck in the mud,” Webb said. “We’ve played them two times a year for the last four years. They know us, we know them and it’s hard to constantly have to play them over and over.”
After the teams lackluster performance on offense, Ballock knows this weeks practices will be be tough.
“We’ll be practicing hard the next few days,” Ballck said with a chuckle. “But we’ll be ready by Saturday.”
The Cardinals next opponent will come from the north as Tonganoxie will take on the Cardinals Saturday at Eudora District Stadium.