Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

Coach sees progress in seven-on-seven drills

June 30, 2005

The second week of the seven-on-seven drills is in the books for the Eudora Cardinals football squad.

The Cardinals resumed play on Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas high school, and coach Gregg Webb had mixed reactions.

"I was a little disappointed in the first scrimmage," he said. "We made some poor decisions and seemed not to have the energy that I'd expect."

The Cardinals began the night with a 30-minute scrimmage against Lawrence High and lost 14-6.

The streaking Lion defenders made things difficult for Cardinals to mount any consistent drives, while the defense struggled to stop Lawrence's offense. But things were not all bad for the Cardinals as the offense managed to put together a drive that could have tied the game. Quarterback Kyle Brouhard managed to find a receiver in the end zone late, but the catch was out of bounds.

"Lawrence has some good players," Webb said. "They have a lot of speed and a good quarterback."

Eudora's second effort came against Olathe East and the results were much more to the coach's liking.

"We really had a lot more energy against Olathe East," Webb said. "I think the guys watched them in between games and really saw what they were all about."

Brouhard found his rhythm in the second scrimmage and was able to complete several his passes against the sizable East defensive unit.

Late in the scrimmage, which ended in a tie, Brouhard found receiver Mark Abel for a picture-perfect floating pass in the back of the end zone to complete an impressive performance.

"Kyle's a good quarterback," Webb said. "In the first scrimmage he had some poor decisions, but he came back nicely."

Even more impressive to the coach was the play of safety Miles Cleveland.

Cleveland darted in and out of both offensive and defensive patterns with the energy Webb was looking for.

"I was really impressed with Miles," Webb said. "He executed very well and showed an ability to make plays."

Another safety, Tim Moran, also caught the coach's attention.

"Tim really performed well," Webb said. "He's gotten so much better both physically and mentally. It just goes to show what happens when you get yourself into the weight room every morning and work to get better."

Along with the ups and downs of the evening, the head coach had to deal with some "what- ifs" as a few of his regular players were absent from the scrimmage.

"We were a few guys short tonight," Webb said. "Which doesn't help in getting some consistency going in these practices."

The team should be at full strength after a Fourth of July break, when they resume the seven-on-seven drills July 11.

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