EHS Cards win two games in football tourney
The Eudora High School varsity football team claimed two victories over the junior varsity squads from powerhouse football programs at the seven-on-seven touch football tournament Saturday in Lawrence.
The Cardinals defeated the Liberty High School junior varsity team 25-6 behind the strong efforts of senior quarterback Ronnie Morelan and junior quarterback Kaleb Niedens.
"This is a great group of kids who played hard and it was a team effort," Dale Sample, Eudora Middle School principal and seven- -on-seven assistant coach said.
The Cardinals ran into a 5A roadblock in the form of Wichita Kapaun Mount Carmel High School. The athletic Wichital team halted the potent Eudora offense 18-7 on its way to a 3-0 record in the round robin portion of the tournament.
Eudora moved past the loss and returned to its previous form against the Olathe South junior varsity team with a 26-6 victory. While they finished 2-1 in the round robin play, the Cardinals' second place finish prevented them from advancing to the next round.
Assistant Coach Bruce Kracl said the deciding factor in the games were speed and athleticism.
"In the first game (Liberty JV) didn't have the speed and (Kapaun Mt. Carmel) were better athletes," Kracl said. "This was a good opportunity for the receivers and defensive backs to work on their routes and man-to-man coverage."
Eudora will begin competition in the Gardner seven-on-seven League this Saturday. Head Coach Aaron Barnett said it is more important for the team to gain experience rather than being concerned with the outcome of the games.
"Seven-on-seven football is football's response to spring training in baseball," Barnett said. 'The league will give the team a chance to see other kids in the league and get the players in competitive situations."