Football team has high hopes against undefeated Gardner
Eudora football coach Gregg Webb saw a silver lining in Friday night’s 28-14 loss to Louisburg.
“There’s good news, and there’s bad news,” Webb said. “The good news is we were close, and we did get better, and we did not play very well at all. But we still were in the game 20-14 with the ball with six minutes to go. So that’s good news that we were so poor offensively and still had a chance to win the game 21-20. Unlike last week where we put together a great drive to finish the game, this week we could not do that.”
Eudora was on the way to finishing that last drive until a questionable spot on fourth-down nullified a Eudora first down late in the fourth. Evan Cleveland’s run was ruled just shy of the first-down marker, and Louisburg took over on downs and soon punched in another touchdown to put the Cardinals away.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” senior left tackle Jonathan Morrison said. “It was kind of bad. Our defense did a great job most of the time. We just didn’t pull through.”
While Eudora started its final possession at its 12-yard line, those in the huddle were ready to drive all the way to the end zone.
“We had a talk in the huddle, and we decided this was the game,” Cleveland said. “Besides Gardner, this is the league championship and we were ready to go. We were going to go down and score and stop them, and we were going to do whatever it took to win. We thought we had them.”
While Eudora will have to play much better Friday against Gardner than it did last week, the Cardinals beat Gardner in 2006 and 2007 before falling last year. Several Eudora players said they were not intimidated by Gardner and welcomed the challenge that awaits Friday night at Laws Field.
“Last year, it was a hard battle,” Cleveland said. “Our front guys played really well. They threw the ball over our heads a few times for touchdowns on some deep balls, and so far this year that hasn’t happened. So we’re not too worried about that. It’s just like any other game. We have to come out intense, ready to play and hit somebody in the mouth. And if we do that, we’ll be all right.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Laws Field.