Bulldogs top Eudora to claim district title
Eudora opened the game with the first touchdown after BHS had to punt into a stiff wind. That gave the Cardinals a first down on their own 40-yard line. They drove those 40 yards in just four plays and scored on an 18-yard pass from Kyle Brouhard to Luke Abel. A bad snap on the extra point resulted in a failed conversion, but Eudora was quickly up 6-0. It would be the last time the Cardinals led.
BHS took the ensuing kickoff and drove 65 yards in 12 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. On a fourth-and-eight play from their 18-yard line, the Bulldogs also went to the passing route. Junior quarterback Jeremy Wright hit senior Austin Inzer in the end zone for the TD. Senior Emery Baughan added the extra point kick for a 7-6 lead with 3:22 left in the first quarter.
It proved to be enough points in the defensive struggle, but the Bulldogs added another touchdown, thanks to a turnover. After the halftime score of 7-6 was in place, BHS linebacker Klay Garrison made a game-breaking play at the end of the third quarter.
Eudora was backed up to its 16-yard line and on a third-down play went to the air. The pass was tipped and Garrison, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior, caught the tip and returned the interception 14 yards to the six-yard line. Four plays later, junior fullback Josiah Mason dove over from the two-yard line for another touchdown. Baughan added the kick and BHS was up with the final 14-6 margin.
Eudora drove again, but senior Scott Johnson recovered a fumble just into the final frame. The Cardinals held and started another drive. This time, senior Ricky Baker came up with an interception with 4:32 left in the game for the Bulldogs. From there, BHS ran out the clock and sealed the win and the district title. A complete game story will be in next week's Signal.
Louisburg will be BHS's opponent at Liston Stadium Tuesday at 7 p.m. Louisburg beat Oswatomie 19-7 Thursday night. The Wildcats are the only team that's beaten the Bulldogs this season. Eudora, which finished at 6-3 in the regular season, will travel to Anderson County Tuesday for the first round of the playoffs.