Story by Chad Mullen, special to Eudorareporter.com
The Eudora Cardinals historic playoff run came to a disappointing end on Saturday, as they were shut out by the new Kansas 4-A State Champion Rose Hill Rockets.
The game got off to a bad start, when Eudora fumbled on their first drive of the game. Two plays later, the Rockets capitalized off of the turnover, scoring on a 32-yard pass early in the first quarter. After a Eudora punt, Rose Hill gave the ball right back, fumbling at the Eudora 47 yard-line. The offense drove the ball deep into Rose Hill territory, but failed to convert on fourth down from Rose Hill’s 24.
The Rocket’s threatened to score again in the beginning of the second quarter, moving the ball all the way to the Eudora 3-yard line, but the Cardinal defense was able to stall them on fourth down. Another short Eudora drive later, Rose Hill got the football back on their 27 yard-line. What appeared to be a 75-yard touchdown by Rose Hill was called back by a holding penalty, and flipped the momentum to Eudora’s favor. Once again, the Cardinals were unable to take advantage of their luck, when a slew of penalties and sacks took the Cardinals from the Rocket’s 20 yard-line all the way back to Eudora’s 45, and were forced to punt.
At the beginning of the second half, with the same score, the Cardinals defense was able to force another Rose Hill turnover. However, the Cardinals gave the ball right back, when the ball popped out of the hands of running back Chris Pyle, and the defender returned the ball all the way into the end zone for a touchdown. Rose Hill then forced a four-and-out by Eudora, and proceeded to score another touchdown to put the game seemingly out of reach at 21-0 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter. Eudora’s last chance to score, near the end of the fourth quarter, was halted by a goal line stand that ended their drive at the one yard-line.
Eudora finished their season with a record of 12-2. Their run to the State Championship was the first in school history, and their 12 win season is also a school record.
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The Eudora High Athletic Department has asked to pass along some information for those going to the 4A State Championship game on Saturday. We put in bold the important things attendees might want to know and maybe threw in a joke or two along the way (all clearly marked as editorial comment).
Pre-sale tickets will not be available for the game. All tickets must be purchased at the box office on site. Tickets will go on sale starting at 10:30 AM. The gates will open up at 11:00 AM.
Any banners or signs to be displayed must meet the approval of the Event Manager. The person who put any banners up, is responsible for removing all signs following the game.
Confetti, whistles, air horns or other noisemakers will not be allowed! In addition, Sunflower seeds and peanut shells will not be permitted in the facility. Smoking will not be permitted at the Salina Stadium Complex on USD #305 grounds, including stadium and parking areas.
Spectators must stay off the field and running track prior to, during half-time, and after the championship. Running of big flags will also not be permitted.
(Editorial Note: Who wrote all these rules – city officials???….okay back to the do’s and don’ts)
Prior to gates opening a tailgating area will be available in the southeast end of the parking lot of Salina Stadium. However, interior restrooms will not be available. A port-a-potty will be within walking distance of the tailgate area.
(Editorial Note: What about dogs and their needs to #1 and #2….is it like Eudora where you have to clean up after your dogs???)
Open hot coals need to be disposed of safely and appropriately. Coals will not be permitted in the dumpster.
(Editorial comment: gee….why?…please note the sarcasm there.)
Stadium officials are encouraging the use of the dumpster for other tailgate trash.
Editorial comment: In all seriousness, we hope that all the fans attending the game respect the facility, the fans in attendance and promote a positive attitude to all those in attendance from not only Eudora but Salina and Rose Hill. Please act appropriately.
We have also received word that there will be at least one big tailgate party. According to Deborah Becker, she, along with several other boosters, are transporting, tables and canopies. They state the food will be ready by 10:30 am which will include hamburgers and hot dogs. She also does request that everyone stopping by, please bring a side dish or dessert. The group will be taking donations to cover the expense of the burgers and hot dogs.
For those wanting directions, we have uploaded a copy of the instructions given to us from the athletic department. If you click HERE you can open up the PDF.
We will continue to keep you posted about any information surrounding the game. Check back throughout the week here at eudorareporter.com