Cardinals plan on leading Frontier in defense
The Eudora High School football team has a Frontier League title to defend this season, but for some Cardinals, there is another title to reclaim. Last season, Eudora finished second in the defensive category behind Paola after finishing the 1999 season as the top-rated defense in the league.
A strong defensive line has become a priority at EHS under the direction of coach Aaron Barnett, who said this year's team has both experience and depth.
"We have the most depth on defense with six or seven guys who can play for us on the defensive line," Barnett said.
The linemen on the defensive side have made regaining the top rank a point of pride.
"It is about pride and personal responsibility," senior defensive lineman Tommy Stein said. "Strong defense is something we have but we want to take back that top spot because it is something special."
Stein said the Cardinals plan on using their size, quickness and work ethic to regain that top spot.
"We are bigger this year than the other teams in the Frontier League and we are going to outwork people," Stein said. "We're the hardest hitting team in the Frontier League and definitely the hardest working."
With several option-happy teams around the league, Stein said that this season's Cardinal defense would focus on an attack style of defense that will force teams into negative yardage.
Junior defensive lineman Dustin Moyer thinks that the defense has improved over last season.
"We're a fast defense with great speed and our defense flows," Moyer said. "When we line up, more than one of us is going to hit the running back."
Senior Zac Tyler will play on the defensive line and also contend for the starting running back position. Tyler said the defensive linemen are close off the field, which makes it easier for them to meet their goals on game night.
"Right now, I think our defense looks pretty good," Tyler said. "We're all pretty close friends and we have quite a bit of talent on the team."