Archive for Thursday, November 15, 2007

New schedule gives rise to new concerns in ‘08

November 15, 2007

The cupcakes that some people saw on Eudora's football schedule are gone.

And it's not the important games that bother Coach Gregg Webb -- the playoff-deciding district games -- but the portion of the schedule that involves the games with some of the titans of the Frontier League.

In 2008, both the non-district and district schedules will change for the Cardinals.

Instead of facing Spring Hill, De Soto and Baldwin to close out the season and determine postseason life, the Cardinals will face Perry-Lecompton, Santa Fe Trail and Baldwin.

"That's not too bad of a district, really," Webb said. "It's nice playing new teams. I like the change."

Santa Fe Trail comes into the new district having had the weakest 2007, finishing 1-8 with its only win coming against Class 1A Immaculata.

Perry, meanwhile, fielded a strong team and finished the year 8-2, losing to Basehor early and Marysville in the first round of the playoffs.

"Then Baldwin, of course, is always Baldwin and they'll be pretty good," Webb said.

The non-district schedule still catches more of Webb's attention. The Frontier League officially bid farewell to five of its smallest schools this season, but the old football league played out as there wasn't time to change schedules.

The Cardinals won the small division of the league again, but next year it'll the be the smallest school in an increasingly tough league.

Instead of the Cardinals facing Prairie View, Anderson County and Central Heights, they will face Louisburg, undefeated, ranked 10th in the state in all classes by and playing Friday against Baldwin in the state semifinals; Paola, a playoff team this season and the state runner-up last year; and Ottawa, a Class 5A behemoth.

"In a long term deal, the Appalachian States aren't beating Michigan very many times," Webb said. "You're just playing the numbers game. They have twice the chance to have better athletes than you do."

Out of the four teams left playing for the state championship in Eudora's class, half of them are now on the schedule for next year and one, Gardner Edgerton, played in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

The schedule will remain the same in 2009 with the teams flip-flopping locations with opponents.

"I'm not saying that next year we won't be any good and have a chance to compete, because we will," Webb said, "but year in and year out going against twice as big of schools -- that's hard."

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