Cards claim first victory
Wellsville up next
The Eudora High School football team didn't mind waiting an extra day to claim its first victory of the Aaron Barnett era over Louisburg 42-15.
The Cardinals (1-1) began their second game of the season against Louisburg (1-1), the team that handed them their only regular season blemish of the 2000 season, a 28-0 loss at Louisburg. The game was postponed until Saturday morning when a severe storm hit Friday night. EHS contained Louisburg senior quarterback Brian Johns and limited him to 1 of 8 passing and three interceptions. Senior defensive lineman Dustin Moyer ran through the inexperienced Louisburg offensive line for a series of sacks on Johns.
"I've been here three years and it is definitely rewarding for me and the kids," Barnett said. "We really played very physical and that is the one thing I want people to think of when they think about Eudora football."
The Cardinals are planning on taking their trademark physical play on the road for a Friday evening matchup with Frontier League rival Wellsville (0-2). The Eagles, who are led by senior running back Justin Hoehn, a 1,000 yard plus rusher as a junior, and senior fullback/linebacker Dustin Graham, are playing with a young offensive line after the line's anchor, senior Sam Mofle, suffered a season-ending injury.
Although the Eagles are the only class 3A school in the Frontier League, Coach Bill Oshel said that divisions and classes go out the window once the teams get on the field.
"We have 11 kids and everyone else puts 11 kids on the field," Oshel said. "Eudora is a very good team and although they lost to Paola, I think they are the best team in our league."
Wellsville, which claimed a 15-13 victory over 2000 Kaw Valley League co-champion Immaculata last season, came back from a 14-0 deficit but eventually lost at Baldwin (2-0) 20-15, last weekend. Senior wide receiver Nate Lawyer scored on a 10 yard pass from senior quarterback Dane Leecy and Hoehn scored on a 5 yard run late in the game.
"We played a much more intense ballgame," Oshel said. "I took the blame for the first one (a 42-14 loss at Louisburg)."
Barnett said his team acknowledges the rivalry between the two schools and that it's the first home game for WHS. Last season, the Cardinals defeated Wellsville 40-13 at Laws Field.
"It is their home opener and they will be anxious to play at home," Barnett said. "It is definitely a rivalry and we have to match their intensity from the get-go."
EHS senior quarterback Ronnie Morelan said the team is confident for the upcoming game and hopeful Cardinal fans will drive south Friday night.
"I think we're looking forward to the Wellsville game," Morelan said. "We should have a pretty big crowd from Eudora. If we play like we did against Louisburg, we will come out with a victory."
On Friday night, senior offensive lineman Jason Lister injured his wrist and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
It was a long two days for Eudora and Louisburg, who returned to Laws Field on Saturday after an hour-long bus ride. After Louisburg senior Harrison Kush intercepted a Morelan pass for a 57 yard touchdown, junior Andrew Pyle, 18 rushes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and Morelan, 6 for 25 rushing with two touchdowns and 4 for 10 passing, answered with rushes of 67 and six yards to give the Cardinals a 13-7 lead.
With 10:45 remaining in the second quarter, school officials postponed the game and evacuated players, fans, cheerleaders and band members from Laws Field. After a forty-five minute wait, school officials decided to reschedule the game for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Barnett said that although the situation was unprecedented for him, he was not bothered by the delay of the game.
"They were in the same boat and it is not like one team has an advantage," Barnett said. "That was the first time in my 16 years of football that we finished a game on a different day."
Defensive coordinator Greg Woolf missed the remainder of the game on Saturday because he exchanged marriage vows with Shelly Barton in Colby and took running backs coach/wedding photographer Mark Katzenmeier along with him.
Barnett said that the rest of the coaching staff picked up their roles but the two assistants prepared their players for the game.
"Each coach pitched in a little more but it was a little different because both of these guys have been with me for every game," Barnett said. "They did their teaching during the week and had their units ready to roll."
The delay nor the absence of the two assistant coaches didn't stop the Cardinals from scoring 29 unanswered points on Louisburg. Junior fullback Joe Born, 4 rushes for 12 yards, scored his first touchdown of the season and senior cornerback Josh Bowser returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Senior running back Tommy Shutt also contributed to the Cardinal surge with 11 rushes for 43 yards. After Bowser's touchdown, the 42-7 game appeared to be a preview of the 2003 Eudora-Louisburg game as Louisburg sophomore backup quarterback Cale Rigney rushed for 12 yards late in the fourth quarter. EHS sophomore safety Jesse Montgomery recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals, who minimized penalties on Friday night and most of Saturday afternoon, caused several penalties when the younger players were placed in the game.