Cardinals reach quarterfinals in Gardner
The Eudora High School football team concluded their 7-on-7 football season with a strong showing at the Gardner 7-on-7 tournament Saturday at Gardner-Edgerton High School.
The Cardinals won their three team pool in the round robin portion of the tournament by defeating Bonner Springs 20-6 in a defensive battle and easily getting past Kaw Valley member Basehor-Linwood 40-16 behind a solid defense and the passing arm of junior quarterback Kaleb Niedens. Eudora was shutout by league rival Baldwin 20-0 in the quarterfinal round.
Coach Aaron Barnett was pleased with the Cardinals efforts in both of the round robin contests.
"We started out slow against Bonner Springs but if you can score 40 points in a 7-on-7 game that is pretty good," Barnett said. "We scored on almost every single possession in the Basehor-Linwood game. The overall team defense did very well and offensively, we didn't have many drops."
Eudora defeated Baldwin earlier in 7-on-7 league play but not all of the same players were present in both games. Despite the setback against the Bulldogs, Barnett was pleased to see his team compete in all three games.
"We beat Baldwin earlier in the year but they had some guys gone and we had some guys gone," Barnett said. "I was pleased with our competitiveness. The kids played with character, competed hard and represented the community well."
Barnett added that the 7-on-7 play gives the team some indication of how their upcoming season will go but it can be deceiving in other ways.
"It does a good job showing you live routes and it has your quarterback throwing the ball," Barnett said. "The unrealistic part is that there is no pass rush, just a count."
With the end of the summer 7-on-7 league, the Cardinals will continue their weight training and begin football camp on July 23.