Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Defense again stellar as Cards get win

September 28, 2006

In what coach Gregg Webb said was the best the team had played all season, the Cards won their fourth consecutive football game 44-0 against Prairie View.

"It was the best football game in how we ran the plays," Webb said. "We racked up some 600 yards and only gave up 80 yards."

In the first drive of the game, quarterback Kent Swanson and back Travis Clarke and company steadily ran the ball up the field from the Eudora 26-yard line. Three-and-a-half minutes later, Swanson ran the ball into the end zone, bringing the score to 6-0.

The defense then stepped onto the field, only allowing Prairie View three yards in its first offensive drive of the game.

Again, running the football was the plan of attack. All the while, the Cardinal offensive line did not let Prairie View anywhere near Swanson, as he kept working the ball closer to the Prairie View end zone. Finally, Swanson launched the football to sophomore Ryan Fisher, who comfortably caught it for a 30-yard touchdown with four minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Webb said, without a doubt, the offensive line shined in Friday's game. Although it did allow the first sack of the season, Webb said the boys on the line were aggressive.

"The offensive line really got after them and pushed some people around," Webb said. "Although we didn't block every play, we protected our quarterback pretty well -- it was our most dominating aspect of the game."

After Prairie View had a zero-yard drive, the Cards amassed four first downs before Todd Roberts made a 14-yard touchdown catch. The Cards led 18-0.

Soon after the Roberts touchdown, Clarke ran in a 26-yarder, bringing the score to 24-0. Regardless of the touchdown, though, the Cards accumulated four of the six penalties in the half in that single drive.

Finally, with 1:58 left in the second quarter, Prairie View got its initial first down of the game after the Cardinal defense failed to hold the offense back.

The second half was pretty much typical fare.

The Cards played a more cohesive game in the second half, with the defense, offense and special teams being pretty balanced. The defense continued to keep Prairie View away from the end zone, while the offense just kept making touchdowns. But the special teams really stepped up to the plate by managing to recover two Prairie View fumbles, gaining possession for Eudora both times.

Loni Ogden, Clarke and Swanson each brought in a touchdown in the rest of the half.

Where the offense failed, though, was its inability to make any two-point conversions throughout the game until the very last touchdown, bringing the final score to 44-0.

Clarke stood out with 99 cumulative rushing yards in the game.

In the first half alone, the Cards racked up a total of 244 yards in 31 rushes.

Webb said in all, the Cardinals handled Prairie View effectively in all aspects of the game.

"There wasn't too much they were able to do that we couldn't handle," Webb said. "I'm pretty pleased with how we played."

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