Bomber Brouhard finds range
QB connecting on deep passes in seven-on-seven
After a break for the Fourth of July, the Eudora football team got back into action with the third of four seven-on-seven practices at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
But with the resumption of practice, there were still some effects of the break hanging over the team.
"We kind of started out in a funk," coach Gregg Webb said. "But afterwards, I think we got things going."
The Cardinals opened the third practice with a scrimmage against Blue Valley West. And after the slow start, the group of receivers and their quarterback took to the air.
Eudora quarterback Kyle Brouhard found two of his wide-outs early in the scrimmage in the back of the end zone on long plays.
Miles Cleveland and Rodney Spillman both collected over the shoulder grabs of Brouhard tosses.
And that was just the way the returning senior liked it.
"I'm loving it," Brouhard said.
"We're putting in the shotgun, and I just like to air it out. We have some skilled receivers out there, and they can catch the ball."
However all of the airing out was not exactly what the coach had in mind.
"All of that was purely on the part of the quarterback," Webb said. "Those were his decisions. I would much rather he just go for the 10-yard pass. But he's got a good arm, and it's fun."
The Cardinals continued the air attack in the second scrimmage, which pitted Eudora against the Lawrence High Lions.
Seniors Cleveland and Mark Abel hauled in scoring passes against a quick Lions outfit.
"The Lawrence guys are quick," Webb said. "We were doing a good job. We need to recognize what the defenses are going to do."
Spillman continued to catch passes, only this time they were on the other side of the ball. The senior-to-be contributed to the Cardinal scoring when he picked off a deflected pass from the Lawrence quarterback and returned it for a score.
But scoring in this practice, unlike the previous two meetings, was not an issue.
"I was pleased with the way we were scoring this time," Webb said. "But I don't think anybody was really keeping score this time. And I think that is how it should be for these practices."
In another break from the previous two practices, in which there were only two scrimmages, the Cardinals took on a third scrimmage against the Leavenworth Pioneers, earning the team's only victory of the evening by a 28-7 score.
"Any time you get an opportunity to practice is a good thing," Webb said. "Some of the guys got a little tired, but the practice is worth it."
The scrimmage saw more of the long distant shootout from the Cardinals, but it also saw something else.
Luke Abel, who had been sidelined from previous practices because of injuries, began to take short-yardage throws.
"It was good to see him back," Webb said. "I don't know about him running sprints, because this is all this is, there's nothing but space out here. Luke's strength is his vision in traffic and this is not the place to get that kind of thing going."
But the coach knows that Abel and many of his seniors are raring to go.
"He (Luke) wants to get out there," Webb said. "It's his senior year, and he and a lot of these guys just want to get it going."
Brouhard was especially excited about the upcoming year.
"With each one of these practices, I get more pumped up for the season," he said. "That's why these things are so much fun."
The senior quarterback and the rest of the Cardinals will have one more chance to practice the air attack as the seven-on-seven season ends Monday.