Cardinals ready for opener
Eudora gets ready for home opener against Wellsville Friday at Laws Field
The lights will come to life Friday as the 2005 high school football season gets underway across the area. And in Eudora that means a gathering at Laws Field.
The Eudora Cardinals welcome the Wellsville Eagles Friday, and the Eagles may be looking to return the favor delivered to them by the Cardinals last year's season opener.
A year ago at Wellsville, the Cardinals pitched a shutout against the Eagles, winning 21-0.
This year, the Eagles (a 3A team) return 15 seniors to their squad. This experience is not lost on Eudora's head coach Gregg Webb.
"They're returning a lot of experience," he said. "Fifteen seniors is a lot for a school of their size and it's going to be tough."
Last year the Cards used a combination of offense and defense to put up their 21 points, but the effort was not something that pleased Webb.
"We had a lot of opportunities to score in that game," Webb said. "They (Wellsville) turned the ball over five times and we only managed 21 points off of them. That was kind of disappointing."
Eudora will have to find some different avenues for scoring against the Eagles this time around, as each member of the squad who scored a touchdown in last year's match have since moved on.
Along with their own offense, the Cardinals may have to worry about an improved Eagle offense, if what the head coach has heard from coaches this summer proves true.
"I've heard some interesting things about their from page 1B
offense," Webb said. "They played in the 7-on-7 competitions and from what I understand, they have some pretty good weapons."
Whatever the expectations are for the season opening match-up against the Eagles, the one thing the Cardinals can expect is a great turnout at Laws Field.
A year ago, the support for the team was something the players and the head coach really took to heart as the season rolled on.
"Last year there was a lot of energy when we played at home," Webb said. "The level of support that the community gives to these kids is unbelievable."
Eudora will try and take advantage of the two straight home games at the friendly confines of Laws Field that open the 2005 season.
Friday's game against Wellsville begins at 7 p.m at Laws Field.