state championship

 

Photo by Julie Stewart, Eudorareporter.com photojournalist

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.

Photo by Julie Stewart, Eudorareporter.com photojournalist

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.

Photo by Julie Stewart, Eudorareporter.com photojournalist

Share
Eudora News and Informationwww.eudorareporter.com
Ottawa radio station KOFO, 1220 AM, will broadcast Saturday afternoon’s 4A State Championship game between Eudora and Rose Hill starting with pre-game coverage at 12:40 p.m. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Salina Central High School Stadium. In addition to the over-the-air broadcast, the game will also be available on the station’s website, www.kofo.com.
The Eudora Cardinals enter the title game with a 12-1 record following a 13-10 win over Paola in the semi-final contest. The Cardinals also defeated DeSoto, Basehor-Lindwood, and Chanute in the 4A playoffs. The Rose Hill Rockets are also 12-1 after dispatching Topeka-Hayden in their semi-final game, 40-29. In the 4A playoffs, the Rockets recorded wins over Holton, Andale, and Ulysses.
Scott Miller will call the play-by-play on Satuday’s championship game, the second title game he has called for KOFO. The first was the 2009 5A championship game between Gardner-Edgerton and Hutchinson. Miller has called numerous sporting events for KOFO since 2008 and is a past play-by-play annoucer for Weber State University in Utah and Norwich University in Vermont. Miller also provided occasional play-by-play and public address announcing duties at Ottawa University from 2007 to 2011.
Share