Cards come from behind to thump Buffs, stay undefeated
Maybe there is a little method to the madness.
For the fourth straight game, the Eudora High School football team found itself staring at a deficit. And, like the previous three contests, the Cardinals responded with a knock-out punch, this time delivering four consecutive touchdowns Friday night to put away Prairie View, 34-20.
"I thought we were better today," Eudora football coach Gregg Webb said. "We were more physical and they got in us a little bit and we showed a little bit of toughness, which we hadn't seen before. That's good and we need that. We need somebody punching in the mouth. Because when teams just try to line up against us and hit us in the mouth, we're not too bad."
One of the things Webb is confident of is that his team needed a game like that heading into Friday's home contest against Gardner-Edgerton.
"We will get better from this," Webb said. "A couple of the other games, I didn't think we got any better and we didn't improve at all. Just the physicality of the football game was better. Our kids tried harder. We've got a tough one coming up (against Gardner Edgerton). That will test us."
After beginning the game with a three-and-out, the Cardinals knew they were in for a fight. Fortunately, Eudora was able to stall Prairie View at midfield before recovering a fumble, which left the team with excellent field position.
Staying conservative, the Cardinals utilized their ground game to get their second possession going. It took EHS just seven running plays to reach the end zone, a drive capped off by a one-yard run by Travis Clarke to make the score 7-0.
It was in the second quarter that things began to get sloppy. Marred by penalty after penalty, the two teams managed to post two scores apiece before the quarter ended.
With the ball deep in Eudora territory, the Buffalos marched toward the end zone. The Cardinals nearly found a way to stop them, but drew a pass interference penalty on third-and-goal from the 10 yard line, giving Prairie View and automatic first down.
One play later, Chance Stevens plowed his way past the goal line for a score.
Eudora got the ball back on its own 22-yard line on the ensuing possession. Disaster struck again as a botched punt attempt left punter Caleb Clayton-Molby tackled at the two-yard line.
Two plays later, quarterback Ty Burgoon found his way into the end zone for the Buffalos' second score.
As in the previous games, though, the Cardinals responded emphatically. Breaking through several would-be tacklers, Ryan Fisher rumbled his way towards the end zone for a 55-yard score. The two-point conversion run by Clarke gave EHS back the lead.
Eudora managed to score again before the half as quarterback Ben Katzenmeier threw a strike to the end zone, allowing receiver Matthew Abel to snatch the pass over the top of a Prairie View defender for the spectacular touchdown, making the score 21-14.
After a sloppy first half, the two teams traded possessions in the second half, but neither team seemed able to punch in another score. Clarke finally broke through from to give the Cards a two-touchdown advantage, this time from three yards out to make it 28-14.
The Cardinal got their final score in the fourth quarter as Katzenmeier connected with a wide-open Fisher for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make the score 34-14. The Buffalo were able to add one more score as well and attempted to punch the final play of the game into the end zone, but Abel, in as a defensive back, snatched his second key ball of the out of the air, this time ending the game with an interception.
It was an ugly game on both sides of the ball as the two teams combined for over 150 yards in penalties. The Cardinals were flagged 11 times for 78 yards while Prairie View was hit with 10 penalties for 76 yards.
"We had a chance to get away from them in the second half," Webb said. "We are just doing way too many silly things. We are not going to be able to win tough games with all of those mistakes."
Both Clarke and Fisher eclipsed the century mark on the ground. Clark collected 106 yards on 26 carries while Fisher added 137 yards on just 11 carries.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Eudora 34, Prairie View 20
EHS 7 14 7 6 -- 34
PVHS 0 14 0 6 -- 20
EHS -- Travis Clarke 1 run (Dylan Rust kick)
PVHS -- Chance Stevens 5 run (Kick failed)
PVHS -- Ty Burgoon 2 run (Josh Ravnikar pass from Burgoon)
EHS -- Ryan Fisher 55 run (Clarke run)
EHS -- Matthew Abel 16 pass from Ben Katzenmeier (Run failed)
EHS -- Clarke 3 run (Rust kick)
EHS -- Fisher 28 pass from Katzenmeier (Kick blocked)
PVHS -- Nathan Sommers 4 run (Pass failed)
Rushing -- EHS Clarke 26-106, Fisher 11-137, Katzenmeier 10-3, Abel 1-13, William Gadberry 1-6, Boomer Mays 1-3, Caleb Clayton-Molby 1-(-6); PVHS Burgoon 13-30, Stevens 7-(-6), Andy Stanton 4-5, Sommers 3-34, Dustin Michelle 2-5, Justin Haupt 2-0, Team 1-(-2).
Passing -- EHS Katzenmeier 7-11-0 75; PVHS Burgoon 8-11-0 55, Sommers 3-8-1 48.
Receiving -- EHS Abel 4-28, Fisher 2-41, Chad Krutz 1-6; PVHS Colton May 2-38, Ravnikar 2-20, Chad Thomas 2-14, Clint Holland 1-16, Burgoon 1-15, Devin Minckley 1-10, Bronson Moyland 1-6, Sommers 1-4, Michelle 1-2.