Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

EHS wins Monday thriller

Late field goal lifts Cardinals over Wildcats

September 17, 2008

It was a shootout Tuesday night at Laws Field, and Eudora had the final bullet in the chamber.

With the game tied, and Eudora facing a fourth-and-one, Bryan Kindle kicked a 24-yard field goal with one second left to give Eudora a 36-33 victory over De Soto Monday night.

"We had the game, we lost the game, and then we won the game," Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. "Every time I thought we had things going well, we gave it back to them."

Eudora led 26-25 entering the fourth quarter but De Soto's Dylan Burford's three-yard plunge and Mark England's two-point conversion put De Soto back in the lead.

After a Eudora late turnover, Wildcat quarterback Logan Clark then hit wideout Jamel Townswend streaking down the right sideline for 44 yards and a first down inside the Eudora 10-yard line. But two plays later De Soto fumbled the ball and Eudora's William Gadberry recovered with less than a minute to go, setting up the wild finish.

Eudora then stayed on the ground during its final drive, feeding Ryan Fisher. Just like he did a week ago, Fisher ran wild, this time going for 306 yards on 44 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Fisher toted runs of 9, 14, 18 and 7 yards on the Cardinals' final drive. Fisher's last run set Eudora up at the De Soto 8-yard line. Fisher injured his right houlder on the play and was helped off the field.

Facing fourth-and-one, Eudora coach Gregg Webb sent the field goal team out to win the game, and Eudora escaped with the win.

Webb said he was unsure whether Fisher would play in Friday's Homecoming game against Ottawa.

"He's a good player," Webb said. "He really is. Hopefully he'll be OK. He's one of those special kids who is strong and runs hard and we're better when he's in there I'll tell you that."

Eudora had trouble containing De Soto's triple offensive threat of Clark, Townsend and Dylan Burford all night. Townsend had six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown. Burford had three touchdowns, including a 78-yard punt return and an 84-yard kickoff return.

"It's too bad your kids interiorly are just battling like dogs and they can just throw it up and catch in anytime they want to," Webb said. "Because basically the first two games have turned into that. I mean if you can't go up and touch a ball as a defensive back, then it doesn't matter what you're doing in there.

"And that's too bad. Christian (Richardson) and our d-backs are really good. But wow, to battle and battle and then just have them throw it over their heads time and time again is demoralizing."

Eudora now has to play on just three days rest, but Webb said that was all right with his team.

"It makes tough but our kids will tell you, they'd much rather play than practice," he said.

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