Gregg Webb

Gregg Webb

 

Gregg Webb talks to the players during the Eudora – Piper Semifinals matchup on November 16. Photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Joe Pelzel

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Eudora Head Football Coach Gregg Webb is headed to the Show Me State.  Webb was introduced as the new Head Coach for the Truman High School Patriots during halftime of the Truman High School Basketball game at the Independence Events Center on Saturday.

“I am very excited to give this school a solid, respectable team,” Webb told the crowd in Independence.

Webb, who has served as the Cardinals head coach since 2002, took the team to the playoffs in 9 of the 10 years he was in Eudora including two state championship games in 2011 and 2012.  Prior to coming to Eudora, Webb was the head coach at Claflin High School from 1987 to 2002 and led them to five State Championships.

Webb inherits a program that went just 1-9 in 2012. Former Truman Head Coach Jeff Floyd resigned from the program in November after going 6-25 over three seasons.

Attempts to reach Webb have so far been unsuccessful. In a quote to the Truman High School online newspaper THS Media Online, Webb spoke of his reason for selecting Truman as his next destination.

“What sold me was the administration,” Webb said. “They told me that we can do this.”

School District officials believe that Webb will complete his Social Studies teaching assignment this school year in Eudora before heading east.

Officials from Eudora High School have not yet responded on whether the next Head Coach will come from inside the District or an outside search will be conducted.

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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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Eudora High School head basketball coach Gregg Webb will hold a clinic from May 31 to June 3.  The camp will be work on the basics of fundamental basketball.  Passing, shooting, dribbling and team play will be covered.

The Cardinal Basketball camp is open to boys in 1st through 8th grades. The cost is $30 per person and there is a family discount available for those parents wanting to send multiple boys.  For those that respond by May 28, a t-shirt will also be provided.

For parents who would like more information about the camp, you can contact greggwebb@eudoraschools.org for more information and a registration form.

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