Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Eudora suffers first loss

Baldwin claims district title

October 25, 2007

— Rivalry games often provide exciting finishes.

Thursday's game here was no exception as the Eudora and Baldwin football teams battled it out for a shot at a home game Tuesday.

After the dust cleared, Baldwin (7-2, 3-0) held on to win 20-19 over Eudora (8-1, 2-1).

"It feels awesome right now," Baldwin's Kyle Smith said. "You've got to love games like this. It's just a great rivalry game."

For the second time in three years, Baldwin has handed Eudora its first loss of the season.

"We just played one of the best teams in 4A," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. "They've got every weapon imaginable. It's just unbelievable how we were able to maintain our lead."

The rivalry game to end the regular season came down to the final offensive play. After scoring its final touchdown, the Cardinals opted to try a two-point conversion.

Baldwin stuffed the Cardinals' play at the one-yard line, all but sealing the victory. BHS recovered the onside kick with 0:03 left and took one knee before celebrating the district title.

Eudora coach Gregg Webb said his players wanted to win the game instead of finishing it in overtime.

"There were two ways of thinking about it," Webb said. "We had all of the momentum in the world, so let's end it right here while they were on their back, or we kick it and hope we carry that momentum into overtime, which now looks pretty good. But our kids wanted to take a chance and thought we could end it right there," Webb said.

In hindsight, he said that may not have been the best decision, but he believed his team had the ability to score on the conversion.

"I was proud of our kids on that last drive," Webb said. "In hindsight we should have ran a different play or kicked it."

The Cardinals' final touchdown came with 0:04 left in the contest when Travis Clarke scored his second touchdown of the game. Baldwin called a timeout, giving Eudora time to consider a two-point conversion.

The Cardinals missed their first extra point attempt of the night. They scored twice in the fourth quarter after trailing 20-6.

Eudora will hit the road for its bi-district game Tuesday against Basehor-Linwood.

Eudora -- 0 6 0 13 - 19
Baldwin -- 14 0 6 0 - 20

B -- Jesse Green 20 reception from Drew Berg (Logan Schiller kick)
B -- Kyle Smith 65 reception from Berg (Schiller kick)
E -- Travis Clarke 3 run (Dylan Rust kick wide left)
B -- Green 3 reception from Berg (Schiller kick wide left)
E -- Brynnen Webb 1 run (Rust kick)
E -- Clarke 2 run (Clarke conversion failed)

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