Cardinals blazed 41-3
EHS looks to bounce back in districts
An undefeated Gardner-Edgerton took full advantage of five turnovers and proved to be too much for Eudora as the Trailblazers whipped the Cardinals, 41-3, in front of a raucous homecoming crowd.
Right out of the gates, the Trailblazers took their opening drive 73 yards for a score, methodically marching down the field with ease. A 33-yard strike from sophomore quarterback Bubba Starling to senior receiver Isaac Mallory finished the drive.
For the Cardinals, it was a familiar theme, seeing the ball sail over their defense into a streaking receiver’s hands. It is a theme that Eudora coach Gregg Webb is fed up with watching.
“It’s so disappointing that teams can just throw it up there, and we’re not going to be able to make a play on the ball,” said Webb. “It’s just so demoralizing for our team. I would think we would be better than that, and we should be better than that.”
GEHS promptly took the ball back after the Cardinals ensuing kickoff return was fumbled deep in Eudora territory and scored again three minutes later, taking a 14-0 first quarter lead before Eudora’s offense even took the field.
The Trailblazers had figured the air-it-out strategy quickly as Starling hooked up again with Mallory, this time for a 40-yard touchdown completion. At the goal line, Mallory soared over the top of the Cardinals’ defensive backs, snagging the lofted ball out of the air for the score.
“It’s different when a team can just run the ball down your throats and beat you up,” Webb said. “I just hate it, but we didn’t let them do that.
“If you took one or the other, getting lined up and just being mauled or lining up and playing your fanny off and they just throw it over your head, I’ll take that every day.”
The Cardinals’ offense had a difficult time getting anything going in a positive direction. Eudora gained only 27 total yards in the first half. The Trailblazers’ overlooked defense has only given up two touchdowns all season.
“I was really disappointed in our offense here,” said Webb. “I thought we would be able to move the ball and score a couple of times. But every time we would have a good play, there would be a silly one to follow. We just have that knack of doing silly things at the wrong time.”
Eudora coughed the ball up a total of five times in the game and seemingly had more negative plays than positive plays. But Webb noticed some positives from the game.
“Actually, I’m pleased,” Webb said. “Our defensive play was a thousand times better, but I know the score doesn’t indicate that. They had to throw over us to beat us. You have to start somewhere and for us, it was stopping the run.”
The passing game struggled mightily in the contest, with Eudora quarterbacks missing open receivers multiple times.
“It’s just so ridiculous that we just cannot play catch,” Webb said. “We’ve got guys standing wide open out there and it is so ridiculous that we can’t just throw the ball and catch it.
“It’s just remedial, third-grade football, just running him out there and playing catch with him. It’s just hard to take.”
After kicking a field goal late in the third quarter, Eudora would again see Mallory streaking down the field for yet another long scoring play for the Trailblazers, this time an 80-yard bomb from Starling to make the score 34-3.
After three-straight losses, the Cardinals now limp into district competition this week, getting started with a home game against Perry-Lecompton this Friday at 7 p.m. at Laws Field.
Webb was certain his team would have a better showing this week for the home crowd.
“I’ve got positive feelings about the week ahead,” he said. “I was afraid that we might get steam rolled here and kind of quit. They’ll play hard. I am optimistic about our team.”