Second half surge lifts Cards, 45-14
When the Eudora offense finally got going in the second half, it couldn’t be stopped.
Leading by seven to start the second half, the Cardinals scored touchdowns on three plays in a row in the third quarter and cruised to a 45-14 victory Friday at Perry. The Cardinals’ inspired performance in the second half may have been because of a little motivational speech at halftime.
“Some people would call it motivational,” Eudora coach Gregg Webb said.
Evan Cleveland started the second-half scoring surge on a 23-yard quarterback sweep down the left sideline. Wide receiver Christian Richardson made a block at the 15-yard line, and Cleveland went into the end zone untouched midway through the quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Perry went three-and-out, and Cleveland connected with Brian Katzfey on a 58-yard strike on the first play of the drive. Richardson then intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards into Perry territory. And on the first play of the drive, Caleb Clayton-Molby broke free up the middle for a 41-yard touchdown, pushing Eudora’s lead to 35-7.
Perry later answered, recovering a fumble in the end zone midway through the fourth, but on the ensuing possession Chris Pyle gashed the Perry defense for a 66-yard touchdown run.
“Our coach motivated us in the locker room, and we got pumped up in the second half,” Pyle said. “The line did a good job also.”
Alex Cox and Jonathan Morrison provided big holes on the left side of the offensive line, and the Eudora backs took full advantage.
Boomer Mays led the rushing attack with 104 yards on just eight carries and one touchdown. Pyle also had 22 carries for 98 yards and rushed for two touchdowns.
Eudora also had success passing, as Cleveland was 8-for-12 for 173 yards with a touchdown, and Katzfey caught five passes for 129 yards and scored one touchdown.
“They’re down a little bit,” Webb said of Perry. “We finally got things cranked up in the second half. We moved the ball, which our offense needed. It was way better in the second half. Going into the game I was nervous because they had some skill kids, then they’re quarterback got hurt, and that put them in a bind, and they couldn’t throw it.”
Perry scored its first touchdown of the game on a 6-yard pass from quarterback from Jeremy Immenschuh to running back Trent Robb early in the second quarter. The Eudora defense once again held strong, giving up just seven points in the game.
Perry recovered a Eudora fumble at the 24-yard line, and that drive culminated with Immenschuh’s touchdown pass to Robb. But an injury to Immenschuh’s hand kept him out of action in the second half, and the Kaws offense did little against a stout Eudora defense. Perry’s other touchdown came on a Cardinal fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense played really well,” Webb said. “For the most part, they did play really well. We kind of carried out the game plan a little bit.”
With the win, Eudora improves to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in district play. Eudora will play Santa Fe Trail Friday at Laws Field.
“We don’t want to underestimate anybody,” Cox said. “We want to get out there and play hard, and make sure nothing slips past us and get some wins.”