Bulldogs defeat Cardinals 20-19, win district title
Rivalry games often provide exciting finishes.
Thursday's game here was no exception as Baldwin and Eudora battled it out for a shot at a home game Tuesday.
After the dust cleared, Baldwin (7-2, 3-0) held on to win 20-19 over Eudora (8-1, 2-1).
"It's feels awesome right now," Baldwin's Kyle Smith said. "You've got love games like this. It's just a great rivalry game."
For the second time in three years, Baldwin has handed Eudora its first loss of the season.
"We just played one of the best teams in 4A," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. "They've got every weapon imaginable. It's just unbelievable how we were able to maintain our lead."
The rivalry game to end the regular season came down to the final offensive play. After scoring its final touchdown, the Cardinals opted to try a two-point conversion.
Baldwin stuffed the Cardinals' play at the one-yard line, all but sealing the victory. BHS recovered the onside kick with 0:03 left and took one knee before celebrating the district title.
"That was our goal," Berg said. "We wanted to play at home and we wanted to be 3-0."
Eudora coach Gregg Webb said his players wanted to win the game instead of finishing it in overtime.
"There were two ways of thinking about it," Webb said. "We had all of the momentum in the world, so lets end it right here while they were on their back or we kick it and hope we carry that momentum into overtime, which now looks pretty good. But our kids wanted to take a chance and thought we could end it right there," Webb said.
In hindsight, he said that may not have been the best decision, but he believed his team had the ability to score on the conversion.
"I was proud of our kids on that last drive," Webb said. "In hindsight we should have ran a different play or kicked it."
The Cardinals' final touchdown came with 0:04 left in the contest when Travis Clarke scored his second touchdown of the game. Baldwin called a timeout, giving Eudora time to consider a two-point conversion.
The Cardinals missed their first extra point attempt of the night. They scored twice in the fourth quarter after trailing 20-6.
Baldwin jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead after scoring on two of its first three possessions.
"At home when you get that lead and that crowd involved, it's really important to get that lead," Berg said. "That's what we wanted to do."
Baldwin will host its bi-district game Tuesday at Liston Stadium, while Eudora will hit the road for its game.
Eudora -- 0 6 0 13 - 19
Baldwin -- 14 0 6 0 - 20
B -- Jesse Green 20 reception from Drew Berg (Logan Schiller kick)
B -- Kyle Smith 65 reception from Berg (Schiller kick)
E -- Travis Clarke 3 run (Dylan Rust kick wide left)
B -- Green 3 reception from Berg (Schiller kick wide left)
E -- Brynnen Webb 1 run (Rust kick)
E -- Clarke 2 run (Clarke conversion failed)