Cardinal Football

Gabe Cleveland makes it across the goal line for the first score in the Cardinals shutout of Baldwin City Thursday night at Eudora District Stadium (photo by eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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The Cardinals ended their regular season with a shutout victory over the Bladwin Bulldogs 20-0 at Eudora District Stadium.

The first half was a defensive battle with Eudora finally getting on the board with less than a minute remaining in the first half.  The Cards went up 6-0 when Senior Gabe Cleveland scored from 5 yards out.  A missed extra point kept it 6-0 heading into the locker room at the half.

Play was back and forth in the third quarter with Eudora finding the end zone midway through the third quarter on a two yard run by Andrew Ballock.  The Cardinals then failed to on a two point conversion attempt.

The Cardinal Seniors head to midfield for the coin toss on Senior Night at Eudora District Stadium. Pictured are Seniors Gabe Cleveland #7, Markis Hill #25 and Nick Becker #85 (photo by eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

In the fourth quarter, with about 5 minutes left to go in the game, Eudora’s  Markis Hill tore off a 71-yard run to put the icing on the cake for the Cardinals.  Once again, the Cardinals went for two and Ballock was successful in finding the end zone.

The win gives the Cardinals their 2nd straight Frontier league title and will host De Soto Tuesday night in the first round of the playoffs.

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Senior Quarterback/Safety Andrew Ballock on one of his nine carries for 137 yards on the night. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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The 5-0 Eudora Cardinals came into the game with high expectations on Friday night as they took on St. James Academy who also had a perfect record.  St. James Academy had given Eudora their only loss during last years regular season and the team was looking for revenge.

A highly defensive battle kept the game scoreless for the first half.  In the third quarter, Quarterback/Safety Andrew Ballock made two quick interceptions with the second one taking the ball to the St. James Academy 6 yard line. A few plays later, Ballock reached the end zone when he called his own number and scored from the 2.  Ballock ended up with three interceptions on the night.

On the Cardinals next drive, Senior Markis Hill found the end zone on a 7 yard run. which followed a 91-yard run by Ballock.

In the fourth quarter, St. James Academy took over the game. With a little over five minutes remaining, St. James Academy Junior Alex King scored on a five-yard run.  Follow a quick three and out,  St. James quickly went no huddle and scored the game tying touchdown with one minute left on a 30 yard run by Junior Jake Bade.

Eudora then committed their only turnover of the night when Senior Garret Elston coughed up the football at their own 38 yard line on the ensuing kickoff. St. James Junior Alex King then drilled a 36 yard field goal as time expired to give St. James a 17-14 win.

The game was delayed 15 minutes as sophomore Connor Moore was injured on the kickoff after the Thunder’s first touchdown.  Reports stated that Moore was knocked unconscious on the play but had feeling in all his extremities.

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With the Eudora High football team making it to the state championship for the first time in school history, you can expect to see a lot of school spirit from everyone in town this week.

The Athletic Department will be selling t-shirts at the school on Friday.  If you are interested in purchasing a state championship shirt, you can contact Cara Kimberlin at carakimberlin@eudoraschools.org.  The cost of the shirts is expected to be between $12 and $15.

According to an email from Kimberlin earlier today,  the small profits made from the sale of the shirts will benefit the EHS Athletic Department.  Kimberlin also stated that more information as it becomes available this week will be on the School District website and Facebook page.  The Nottingham School marquee will also have details on it later this week.

We also received the following notice  from Amber Wells of the Eudora High School Booster Club:

In addition to seeing the football team off to play for the 4A state championship in Salina at 7:20 am this Saturday, we would like you to join us in welcoming them home. No matter the outcome of the game (THEY WILL WIN), these boys have overcome a lot and worked their little tail ends off this season. The amount of heart and dedication each of them have contributed to a successful season is immeasurable.

Please join us and show them how proud we are of their accomplishment. We’ll meet them as they come off of the buses behind the school to congratulate them. They’ve made history!

Their estimated time of arrival is approximately 9:00 pm, but we know that could easily change. Please send me your e-mail address or cell phone number (to text) to wellsfire@sunflower.com if you want to receive updates of their arrival time. I will do my best to keep you posted and will try to give everyone a 30 min warning.

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by John Schulz with Corey Thibodeaux, of The Lawrence Journal-World

For the first time in the history of the Eudora football program, the Cardinals will head to the state championship game.  The Cardinals defeated the Paola Panthers 13 -10 at Eudora District Stadium on Friday evening.

From the first drive, the Cardinals did what the Cardinals do and ran the ball every play on an 11-play touchdown drive that took almost five minutes.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers (11-2) fumbled the ball away and the Cardinals (12-1) set up for the next drive at the Paola 29. On the 15-yard line, they opted to go for it on fourth-and-eight and failed.

Paola returned the favor on its next drive and turned the ball over on downs, a questionable call considering the ball was on its own 23. With a second chance to go up two scores, Eudora fumbled the ball away a few plays later on the 17.

“I thought we blew it,” Coach Webb said.

The 7-0 score would remain until after halftime. On the second play from scrimmage, Paola’s Tanner Staats burst for a 64-yard touchdown. The Panthers broke the tie in the fourth quarter with a field goal and 11 minutes remaining.

The Cardinals got the ball and after converting a fourth-and-one instead of kicking for the tie, senior running back Chris Pyle found his opening.

“I cut it right up, broke a tackle, and the rest is history,” Pyle said.

His 20-yard touchdown run with 5:15 to go in the game would prove to be the difference in the game, even though a blocked extra point kept the game within a field goal.

The next couple of Panther drives were ruined by clutch sacks from Alex Whitten and Gregg Snell.

The Cardinals’ defense once again shut down the Panthers’ offense, which had averaged 40.8 points coming into Friday night. Eudora held Paola to 10 points the last time the two teams met, a 18-10 victory on Sept. 30.

After the game, Coach Webb talked about how he was excited to be heading to the State Championship with his players.

“I’m just so happy for the kids,” Webb said. “There such a great group of kids and their just so darn tough.”

The Cardinals now face Rose Hill High School next Saturday at Salina Central High School Stadium. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

 

 

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This Friday night, the Eudora Cardinals will take on the Paola Panthers in the KSHSA Football Playoff semi-finals at 7:00PM at Eudora District Stadium.

A pep rally has been scheduled to cheer on the team and celebrate the players’ continued success.  The pep rally will begin at 1:45 PM in the EHS gymnasium and the public is invited to attend.

For those unable to attend the game you can listen to the game live via the internet.  The game will be broadcast by the Paola radio station KWJP 89.7 FM. You can go to kwjp897.com  and click on the eagle on the radio to go to the live stream page.  They radio station also has a phone app on Tune-in. Download Tune-in and type in KWJP 89.7 to tune in.

Finally, if you’d like to watch the game on a tape delayed basis, Knology’s Channel 6 in Lawrence will air the game at 10:30 p.m Friday evening.

Eudorareporter.com will have the full story and pictures from both the pep rally and the game.

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