Cards gang up on Bulldogs
Spring Hill visits next as district play kicks off Friday
The Eudora High School football is beginning to pick up steam heading towards the final three games of the regular season, and Friday's 48-7 ousting of Anderson County just helped add fuel to the fire.
"That is how we should handle these teams that we are better than," Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. "The first four teams we played should have been just like that. But, it takes that maturation process for our younger kids, especially our offensive line, to really get things under control and understand what they are supposed to do."
The Cardinals improved to 6-0 on the season and are now set to begin district play Friday night with a home contest against Spring Hill. Eudora will then follow with its final home game of the season against next-door neighbor De Soto.
"We took care of this team like we are supposed to and now we've got a Spring Hill team that will throw it all over the field," Webb said. "This is a district game, so it is important. Spring Hill is down a little bit, so we ought to be able to shore up some things and then we get De Soto and they will be real good."
It didn't take long for Eudora to kick things into high gear as it took just six plays to reach the end zone following the opening kick off. After logging several solid runs on the opening drive, running back Travis Clarke was able to burst through from 12 yards out to put EHS up early.
"The first drive, they kicked it off and I told our kids that was going to be the determining factor as how this game went," Webb said. "That really set the tone for the game."
It didn't take long for the Cardinals to go back on the attack. After a Matthew Abel interception, it took just four more plays to score again as Clarke broke a 40-yard run to make the score 14-0.
Eudora continued that trend in the second quarter as it was able to tack on three more scores -- touchdown runs by Brynnen Webb, Ryan Fisher and Clarke gave EHS a 35-0 halftime lead.
The finishing touches came in the third quarter, though. Following up his stellar performance against Gardner Edgerton, Abel was finally able to get in for a score with 6:30 left in the quarter.
On the ensuing kick off, the ball was fumbled allowing kicker Dylan Rust to fall it at the Bulldogs' 30-yard line.
It took just one play and 11 seconds for the Cardinals to return to the end zone as Bryan Dudley was able to corral Abel's pass as he fell to the ground to complete the 30-yard strike for the team's final score of the game.
After struggling for most of the game, Anderson County was finally able to put some points on the board. With two minutes remaining, Billy Looker broke through from three yards out to put the Bulldogs' only score up on the board.
Defensively, the Cardinals were stellar, allowing just 129 yards of total offense while forcing four turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions.
"I didn't think that we had a great defensive week of practice," Webb said. "Our coaches have done better weeks, but that is coming off of a game where it is hard to refocus every day. If this was going to be a big-time game, like maybe a district game, I think our fundamental technique would have been way better."
Clarke turned in a strong performance as he finished with 156 yards on just 16 carries, accounting for three of his team's seven touchdowns in the game. The Cardinals, as a team, finished with 385 total yards in the contest, including 336 on the ground.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Eudora 48, Anderson County 7
EHS 14 21 13 0 -- 48
ACHS 0 0 0 7 -- 7
EHS -- Travis Clarke 12 run (Dylan Rust kick)
EHS -- Clarke 40 run (Dust kick)
EHS -- Brynnen Webb 30 run (Rust kick)
EHS -- Ryan Fisher 35 run (Rust kick)
EHS -- Clarke 3 run (Rust kick)
EHS -- Matthew Abel 2 run (Kick blocked)
EHS -- Bryan Dudley 30 pass from Abel (Rust kick)
ACHS -- Billy Looker 3 run (Chance Lowe kick)
Rushing -- EHS Clarke 16-156, Abel 6-41, Webb 4-43, Alex Cox 4-15, Drew Noble 4 (-4), Fisher 3-47, Alex Tacke 3-11, William Gadberry 2-22, Chad Krutz 2-7, Team 1-(-2); ACHS Looker 16-55, Jerry Johnson 15-51, Galen Ryman 12-(-24), Ethan Schillig 1-1.
Passing -- EHS Noble 0-4-1 0, Webb 1-3-0 19, Abel 1-1-0 30; ACHS Ryman 4-13-2 46.
Receiving -- EHS Dudley 2-49; ACHS Schillig 2-27, John Chitwood 1-10, Jacob Harker 1-9.