Wounded Prairie View up next for Cards
The scenario a year ago was that an angry Cardinal team welcomed the Prairie View Buffalos to its home opener. The previous week the Cardinals had suffered an embarrassing loss to Osawatomie on the road and were looking for some redemption.
The Cardinals blanked Prairie View 54-0 in an offensive and defensive exhibition that washed away the taste of defeat at the hands of the Trojans.
This year however, the scenario is a little different.
Eudora turned the tables on the Trojans last week and escaped with a hard fought 24-22 win. And instead of welcoming the Buffalos with clenched fists, the Cardinals take their first road trip of the season to La Cygne.
Eudora is coming off a successful two-game opening home stand that saw its offense and defense click into gear, while the Buffalos limp home after an 0-2 opening road trip.
Prairie View opened its 2005 campaign by being shutout at Central Heights 14-0. De Soto dispatched of the Buffalos a week later 34-12.
For Cardinals quarterback Kyle Brouhard, the team's win over the Trojans was a huge shot of confidence, but that doesn't mean the Buffs will be overlooked.
"That win over Osawatomie was a huge shot of confidence for us," Brouhard said. "But this week is a road game and it's never easy playing on the road."
The senior quarterback feasted on the Buffalos a year ago throwing for two touchdowns in the rout.
So far this season the Cardinal offense has had two very different games.
Against Wellsville the offense benefited from the brilliant return game of Mark Abel. While last week against the Trojans, the unit found a way to sustain drives and score points.
To continue the offensive consistency could be a key for the Cardinals Friday and for the rest of the season.
It was a goal the head coach had cited before the season even began.
"We need to work on getting a little consistency," Coach Gregg Webb said. "Hopefully we can be more consistent as the year goes on."
The Cardinal defense, which began the year with an inexperienced frontline, has turned in two impressive performances thus far.
It may have its easiest task yet in Prairie View. Buffalo runningbacks gained only 60 yards against De Soto's varsity defense and didn't score until late in the fourth quarter with most of the starters on the bench.
The Buffalos also turned it over six times against De Soto, a trend the Cardinals hope to benefit from.