Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wellsville awaits 2-0 Eudora

September 14, 2006

The Cardinal football team is on a roll.

With two shutouts under their belt, the Cards are shifting their sights to Wellsville for the first away game of the season. But coach Gregg Webb said although it was an away game, it probably would not feel like one.

"Our fans travel well," Webb said. "They care about football in Eudora. We go on the road and we usually bring the same number of fans the opponent has."

At last year's meeting, the Cards barely squeaked out a win with the final score being 12-6. Webb said that was in part to Wellsville's basic-yet-effective defensive schemes. He said he expected them to be strong in the defense again this year, too, which could cause his team some problems.

"I'm sure they'll bring some new alignments and blitz us a lot," Webb said. "We need to watch that."

But last week was not a good week for Wellsville, who lost to a team Eudora shutout, Osawatomie. Regardless, Webb said he's not letting the wins from the last two weeks and Wellsville's 0-2 record affect his team's concentration.

"Our kids like being 2-0, but I think the coaches and our kids are smart enough to realize we have a lot of work to do," Webb said. "A team may not be a strong 4A team, but if the kids want to be state champions, they need to get to that next level."

And Webb said there is a lot to work on before the team can get to that next level. He said considering the defensive line's size, it should be mauling the opponents, but it's not exuding the necessary effort to do that.

Webb also said in order to pull a win at Wellsville, the team's secondary needs to step up its game and be more physically demanding.

"Our secondary is somewhat concerning, because we had some problems tackling," Webb said.

Wellsville will have plenty of reason to fight, too. Friday's game is Wellsville's homecoming game, a game no team ever wants to lose. In addition, Webb said Wellsville thinks of Eudora as a rival, which could further complicate matters.

In all, Webb said he was proud of what his team has done thus far and expects many great things from it.

"It was still evident that we had some mental mistakes last Friday," Webb said. "We try to achieve perfection, and I think we'll get to the point we need to be at soon."

The game starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Wellsville.

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