Cards light up scoreboard against Vikings
After running out to a 16-0 lead, the Eudora Cardinals made their first and only mistake of the night against the Central Heights Vikings.
Quarterback Gus Wertz connected on a 36-yard pass to receiver Tony Wilson, a pass which burned the Eudora secondary, and just for a moment the Vikings were a part of the game trailing just 16-6.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Nolan Smith made it loud and clear the Vikings had had their moment.
The senior took the ball and raced 83 yards for a touchdown, a 24-6 lead and no doubt about the outcome as Eudora went on to crush the Vikings 61-6 on homecoming night.
"They were in the game at that point," head coach Gregg Webb said. "But when we ran the kickoff back for the touchdown, that just killed them."
That play and a series of mishaps by the Vikings fueled an unprecedented first-half onslaught that saw the Cardinals score 54 points.
The Cardinals (5-0) hit the ground running, literally, from the very first kickoff.
Eudora running back Luke Abel got things started by gaining the bulk of the yardage on the extended opening drive.
Eudora's offensive line also set the tone as they cleared ample running lanes for their senior running back.
"We played much better on the lines," Webb said. "We got off of the ball and punched them in the mouth and that's what we need to do. We needed to be more physical and we were."
The opening drive ended with senior James Mills barreling into the end zone for a quick lead. A successful conversion on a pass from Kyle Brouhard to Rodney Spillman made the game 8-0.
It was as close as the Vikings would get all night.
The Cardinals utilized the return game once again on their second possession as senior Miles Cleveland scampered 42 yards on a punt to set offense up once again.
Brouhard then darted in from 16 yards out to make the game 16-0.
After the Vikings got on the board and after Smith's backbreaking return on the ensuing kickoff, the game truly snowballed.
After a quick three-and-out by the Vikings, the Cardinals took to the ground again and ran at will. Eudora finished off the lengthy drive with a second touchdown by Mills to give the home team a staggering 32-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Vikings added to their own misery at the start of the second quarter. Central Heights managed to stop the Cardinal offense, one of the few times on the night, only to fumble the ensuing punt.
Eudora capitalized as Abel scored the first of two touchdowns on the night from 15 yards out. The run gave the Cards a 39-6 lead.
Abel would add insult to injury on the very next Cardinal possession by galloping 75 yards for the second touchdown.
Abel finished the night with a staggering 201 yards on the ground, 186 of which came in the first half.
The Vikings turned around and added another blemish to the night's already spoiled stat sheet, as Wertz threw into the flat for Wilson, only to see Cardinal defensive back Spillman spear the pass and return it to the Viking two-yard line.
Mills added another touchdown two plays later to give the Cardinals a 54-6 halftime lead.
"We're not 55 points better than they are," Webb said. "It was just a case of everything that could go wrong for them did."
Eudora finished the night with 403 yards of total offense, 343 of those came on the ground.
Brouhard finished the night with an efficient 4-for-6 outing through the air and 104 yards.