Pyle steps into Harris’ shoes with varsity debut
Eudora High School junior running back Andrew Pyle anticipated the beginning of his varsity career on Friday night against Paola and then delivered with 22 carries for 200 yards in his first start.
"Andrew did a good job for us," EHS Coach Aaron Barnett said. "The line played pretty well and I'm confident in Andrew's ability. We have four or five good backs and it was Andrew's turn tonight."
Pyle evoked memories of former Cardinal Brian Harris when he eluded Paola defenders for a spectacular 85-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Like many humble successful running backs, Pyle attributed many of his yards to the strength of his offensive line, which includes seniors Jason Marmon, Jason Lister and Tommy Stein.
"We had a great line and that made it so much easier," Pyle said. "Brian (Harris) was a great player who ran hard and was tough. It is an honor to step into the shoes that he wore last year."
Pyle, who gained experience on the junior varsity squad last season, received first hand lessons from Harris last season. Although he exhibited several things he learned on Friday night, Pyle said he would like to apply other facets of Harris' game to his own.
"Harris ran hard-nosed and I still haven't picked that up yet but hopefully I will," Pyle said. "I think our whole team was nervous in the first half. We got the butterflies out of us in the second half."
With the Cardinals' 24-20 setback to Paola behind them, Pyle said he is focusing his attention on Friday's home game against traditional Frontier League power Louisburg (1-0).
"Louisburg is always real tough," Pyle said. "They clobbered us at their house last season (a 28-0 Eudora loss) and like Coach (Barnett) said we have to meet their intensity."