Big win sets up title tilt against De Soto
When the Eudora offense takes the field Friday against their Kansas Highway 10 rivals, the De Soto Wildcats, the question will be which offense is it going to show up?
In the five wins the Cardinals have racked up this year, the one ingredient missing from the offense has been consistency.
Week one saw the Cardinals muster just 12 points in a win against Wellsville, while stepping out to blitz Central Heights by 55 in week five.
In between, the team has struggled at times to find any rhythm and has relied on the defense to make key stops in order to remain unbeaten.
A key stop late in the game at Anderson County allowed a sputtering offense to get back on the field and score in the final seconds.
This week, the inconsistency will have to be reconciled against the visiting Wildcats.
"Offensive consistency is key to any team," head coach Gregg Webb said. "It's been an issue for us this year. What we need to do is get some drives going, sustain them and keep their defense off of the field."
De Soto comes off of a redemptive victory against Anderson County after suffering its own ponderous offensive performance in a home loss to the Eagles.
But that offensive attack, which includes running back Tyler Farmer (who racked up nearly 200 yards on the ground against Prairie View), is something the Cardinals must prepared for.
"Last week (Central) Heights wasn't as physical as I thought," Webb said. "That allowed us to really do what we wanted. This week will not be the case. They (De Soto) will be physical on offense and will want to smack us in the mouth. So we need to be prepared."
A year ago the Wildcats delivered Eudora its second loss of the year with a 12-7 win. It was a match-up in which the Wildcats controlled the game on the ground throughout the night.
That game also saw the Cardinals fresh off of an impressive win against the Vikings, only to sputter on the offensive side of the ball against the Wildcats.
"This will probably be a low-scoring game like last year," Webb said. "We need to take care of the ball and take advantage of every opportunity. Every yard, every turnover is going to be important."
One of the main factors in that game was quarterback Neil Erisman.
The then-junior quarterback shredded the Cardinal line for 185 yards rushing in an option-heavy offense.
This time around, however, the Cardinals defense will go up against a new face in sophomore quarterback Jake Morse.
Morse brings a more traditional style to the Wildcat offense, which is different from the more run-heavy offerings displayed with Erisman at the helm.
Morse has taken the majority of snaps this season, with Erisman lining up as a receiver. Erisman has been getting more opportunities recently, however, and the option is something the Cardinal defense must be prepared for.
"They give you some different dimensions that you have to consider," Webb said. "We'll prepare for them both. Either way they're a good team no matter who's under center."