BHS dominates Eudora in first round
By Jeff Myrick
Baldwin City Signal Editor
To advance to the second-round of the state playoffs, the Baldwin High School Bulldogs had to first take care of an old nemesis -- the Eudora Cardinals. This time the Bulldogs made it count with a dominating 43-18 victory over the Cardinals last Tuesday night.
"This was a big win," said coach Mike Berg. "We took the next step."
BHS had dominated Eudora earlier in the season, but only came away with a 15-7 win. Penalties and turnovers kept the score lower tha n it should have been. That didn't happen this time.
"Our kids have been waiting for this rematch all year," Berg said about Eudora's win last year in the playoffs and the closer regular season game this year. "We gave them a taste last game, but this t ime we finished them off. We didn't have the penalties and mistakes."
The Bulldogs dominated from the start, too. Capitalizing on a bad punt snap by Eudora, BHS scored its first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. Standout senior tailback Micah Mason cashed in the mistake with a 19-yard touchdown run.
It was a sign of what was to come. Mason ran for 142 yards in the first half and closed out the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run with just 10 seconds left in the half to put BHS up 21-6.
But, Mason was far from finished. He added another 122 yards in the second half to total 264 yards on 29 carries for the game. He also had another 19-yard touchdown run in the second half to put the Bulldogs up 36-12 just into the fourth quarter.
Als o scoring for the Bulldogs on the night were senior Andrew Hannon on a 20-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jeremy Wright in the first quarter; senior fullback Kyle Flory on a one-yard run to open the second-half scoring; and Wright on a one-yard keepe r to close out the scoring at 43 in the fourth frame.
Eudora came up with another touchdown with just a minute left to make the final 43-18. Oddly enough, while that score shows the domination, the statistics don't. In the 15-7 win earlier in the season, BHS had a huge statistical edge. In that one, the Bulldogs had 194 yards on the ground, 130 through the air for a total of 324 yards. Eudora was held to just 117 yards, 33 on the ground. In the playoff game, BHS had 328 total yards (279 on the ground, 4 9 through the air) while Eudora had 269 total yards (165 on the ground, 104 through the air).
But this time around, BHS didn't have six penalties and two turnovers. This time it was just four flags and a lone fumble. Eudora had two interceptions. On top of that, the Cardinals had the bad punt snap that set up BHS's first touchdown and a pair of 11-yard punts that helped set up short fields for the Bulldogs, too.
The loss ended Eudora's season with an 8-2 record, while BHS improved to 8-2.