Eudora is presented the Runner up trophy for the State Championship (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)
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For the second straight year, the Eudora Cardinals reached the finals of the 4A State Tournament. Also for the second straight year, the Cards came up short by the score of 21-0.
This year, the Holton Wildcats were the spoiler of the Eudora’s party. the Wildcats (14-0) finished off their perfect season by doing what they have done all season long; strong offense from their running back and quarterback complimented by a defense that would allow hardly anything. As much as the Cardinals led by Junior quarterback Andrew Ballock tried, they could never make significant gains against Holton’s very strong and quick defense.
Garret Elston and Blake Beerbower make another stop on defnse for the Cardinals(Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)
Holton had no easy run to the title as Eudora’s defensive line made the Wildcats work for every yard. Holton finally got on the scoreboard with 2:16 left in the first half when Senior Cameron Karn scored on a 9 yard run taking a 7-0 lead into the locker room.
Holton found the end zone in the third quarter with 9:42 left when quarterback Jason Wright broke through the Eudora defense on a 35 yard run. Holton then put a final nail in Eudora’s coffin when fullback Lane Lassiter broke free on a 35 yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.
“Their defensive line was really good,” Head Coach Gregg Webb said. “That allowed their linebackers to really scrape and play better than I thought.”
A strong wind from the southwest coupled with an impressive defense by both teams kept the passing in the game to a minimum. Ballock completed the only successful pass of the game by either team on a short two yard dump off to Junior Mason Tomlinson.
Andrew Ballock and Gabe Cleveland making stops in the 4A State Championship (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)
“I thought we would need a break or two to win the game,” Webb stated. “Our defense played really really well, our scheme was good….It kind of went the way I thought it might if we didn’t get a break and get some points early.”
The Cards finish their season at 12-2 and now look to 2013 as they will once again try to complete the goal of the school’s first state football championship.
‘These kids did a great job and I’m really proud of them,” Webb said.