Injuries cause concern
Despite an 8-0 record, the Eudora Cardinals have had a rough two weeks leading up to Thursday's game with Baldwin.
Luke Abel, James Mills and Max Alvarez have all suffered injuries, leaving the Cardinals with some holes to fill.
Abel's will no doubt be the biggest. Eudora's leading rusher was injured at the end of the first half of Friday's game against Spring Hill. He broke his left clavicle, or collarbone, in three places. While the break will not require surgery, it will end the senior's season and keep him on the sporting sideline well into basketball season.
"Our kids understand we lost a great player," coach Gregg Webb said. "But they know that he gives us support. It will really give them a lift seeing him on the sidelines."
Mills, who injured his ankle two weeks ago against Santa Fe Trail, could play in Thursday's district finale.
"He's been upgraded, but he's still not 100 percent," Webb said.
Mill starts at fullback, but has been missed most on the defensive side of the ball, where he plays linebacker.
"He knows his schemes and really has a presence on that side of the ball," Webb said.
The final blow came over the weekend when starting offensive lineman and reserve defensive lineman Alvarez broke his leg in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Alvarez fell off the ATV at a halloween party and the injury required surgery, ending the junior's season.
"It really hurts because Max was really starting to to play well at that position," Webb said. "It hurts on the depth side of things for our offensive line."
A running-back-by-committee, featuring juniors Austin Hoover and Loni Ogden, will try and replace Abel.
Junior Michael Ortega will replace Alvarez on the offensive line.