Osawatomie’s French duo could cause trouble
The Eudora Cardinals take on the Osawatomie Trojans Friday and for many of the Cardinals there is a bad taste that needs to be washed away.
A year ago the Trojans manhandled the Cardinals 38-17 in a performance that came against the Cardinals senior-laden defensive line.
The Trojans amassed 212 yards rushing against the Cardinals at Osawatomie against that experienced Cardinal defense.
This year the Cardinals are not blessed with as much experience and for head coach Gregg Webb the challenge is most definitely there.
"They're not a bad team," Webb said. "They definitely have the potential to be a headache for a lot of teams."
Eudora's defense was a question mark coming into the season, especially with the loss of a great deal of size and experience on the line.
But the defense is coming off a strong outing in the season opener against Wellsville.
The unit held the Eagles to 64 yards on offense with two fumble recoveries.
The Trojans are smarting from a 21-8 setback in their opener against De Soto.
De Soto scored first, returning the opening kick off, while Osawatomie's offense never fully got on track.
The Eudora win over the Eagles and the Trojans defeat at the hands of the Wildcats was the same scenario that presented itself last year when the two teams matched up.
As with last year, the De Soto loss belied the potential that the Trojans have, according to Webb.
"They really had a chance to win that game," Webb said. "They moved the ball well and they have a good quarterback."
That quarterback, Aaron French, replaces departing senior Zach Madden. French kept the Trojans in last week's game with both his legs and his arm. He lofted a 23-yard touchdown pass to Blake Draper and finished the day seven-for-15 for 105 yards with one interception.
Although it is only his first year as the starter -- he played tight end last season -- French turned heads when he subbed for an injured Madden two years ago. He rushed for 113 yards and passed for 121 in an overtime playoff loss to Louisburg.
Taylor French could also prove a load to stop on the ground. French rushed for just 60 yards against De Soto's defense, but has been starting for years and has the potential to bowl over any defender.
"(Aaron and Taylor French) have been starters since they were sophomores," De Soto coach Brad Scott said. "They were both very good. If the game had gone another quarter, I don't know if we'd of held them off."
Along with defensive experience, another question for the Cardinals will be the offense.
In Friday's win against Wellsville, the Eudora offense struggled to get into rhythm on the ground and in the air.
Quarterback Kyle Brouhard found early success through the air, but like the rest of the offense, had trouble finding the consistency. The offense put up just 12 points, likely not enough against the veteran Osawatomie team.