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Spring Hill awaits undefeated Cardinals

October 20, 2005

Week one of district play is in the books for the Eudora Cardinals as the team emerged from a road trip with a 36-6 win over Santa Fe Trail.

Now the team returns home to face off against Spring Hill (1-6, 0-1). The team seems to be taking the same cautious approach to the Broncos as they did against the Chargers, albeit for different reasons.

"It's a different sort of caution this time around," head coach Gregg Webb said. "Unlike Santa Fe Trail, Spring Hill really likes to throw the ball around so that's something that we need to be aware of."

The air attack of the Broncos netted nearly 350 yards last week in a 61-28 loss to Baldwin.

"They moved the ball up and down the field against Baldwin," Webb said. "But they just couldn't score any points. For them it's just a matter of things going the right way."

But the pass-happy approach could also bring about some opportunities for the Cardinals secondary.

Earlier in the year the Broncos were intercepted eight times in a 68-12 loss to Paola.

Giving up big scores seems to be another problem the Broncos have faced and the Cardinals have racked up their share of big numbers.

"They like to put seven or eight guys up front," Webb said. "They like to commit to stopping the run and when that happens they can become susceptible to the perimeter game."

This could play into Eudora's hands and allow the receiving core to do some damage as the Broncos will have Luke Abel to deal with on the ground.

The senior running back has had three straight 100-plus yard rushing games, including consecutive 200-yard games against De Soto and Central Heights.

The Cardinals (7-0, 1-0) will also try to take advantage of an undersized offensive line that has kept the Broncos' quarterback on his heels for many of their games.

"Their kids up front just aren't that big," Webb said. "A lot of them are sophomores and they just can't seem to keep the pressure off of their quarterback. I'm sure they're working to fix this, I just hope it isn't against us."

Last season the Cardinals hit the road for their district match-up with the Broncos and came away with a 28-7 win. That game saw the Cardinals commit more than a few mistakes but still manage to come away with the win.

"Taking care of the ball is a priority, of course," Webb said. "But the main thing for us is to execute. We need to keep executing our plays and continue to be physical for us to have a chance to win."

On the injury front, senior fullback James Mills is questionable for Friday's game. Mills suffered an ankle injury in the second half of last week's victory over Santa Fe Trail.

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