Fans of all ages follow Cards to Sabetha
Eudora High School football fans lined the entire side of the Sabetha High School visitors sidelines and matched the intensity of the Blue Jays fans throughout the highly-contested game. The tradition of Cardinal playoff football is becoming an expected autumn event after two straight years in the elite eight.
"The drive up here was well worth it," said Keith White, who sported a flashing neon Cardinal cap. "We have a great-turnout and it's good for the football team. We're a close knit town I think."
Former Cardinals, young and old, came out to see their old team in the regional championship game.
Robert Collins, a 2000 graduate of Eudora High School and current Highland Community College football player, was ecstatic during the first half as his alma mater led the second ranked Blue Jays 6-0. Collins said the program came a long way during his time and continued to improve each season.
"It's a lot of fun coming out here and watching them play," Collins said. "Eudora (football) was in a slump for a long time but then they started a good tradition. Eudora will be a powerhouse."
Richard Ziesenis and Edgar Grosdidier, members of the Eudora High School football teams in 1947 and 1948 that won two Little Six League championships and only lost one game, were present at the modern day Cardinals' playoff contest. Ziesenis boasts of victories over De Soto, Wellsville, Baldwin, Spring Hill, Louisburg and the Shawnee Mission and Lawrence B teams but acknowledges the superiority of Barnett's 2001 team.
"They've had a few good teams at Eudora but we were the best one," Ziesenis said. "The (current EHS team) could beat us all over the field but we are still the only undefeated team in EHS history."