Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2008

More than just rivalry game

October 30, 2008

Tonight’s Frontier League matchup between Baldwin High School and Eudora has more at stake than the usual rivalry bragging rights.

The loser of the contest will more than likely miss the Class 4A playoffs.

“We have to win, that’s the bottom line,” BHS coach Mike Berg said. “We can’t count on anyone to win or lose for us to get in. We know if we win we are in and that’s how we are looking at it.”

Baldwin comes into the game off an exciting 35-28 victory over Perry-Lecompton Friday. Eudora beat Santa Fe Trail 42-6 to improve its record to 3-5 on the season.

The Bulldogs had a pair of turnovers Friday night, but also took advantage of two Kaws’ turnovers. Berg knows those will be extra important against the Cardinals.

“It’s going to be a lot like the Perry game,” he said. “Turnovers will be extra important. Those almost killed us Friday.”

While the Kaws used the aerial attack on offense, Berg said the Cardinals’ offense resembles the Bulldogs in many ways. He said they primarily use the power-I formation with three running backs. He also said Eudora utilizes a nice play-action passing attack to spread defenses out.

On defense, the Cardinals will use a 4-3 scheme, but will sometimes switch to a 5-2 scheme. Berg also added that the Cardinals will bring their safeties up to stop the run on many plays.

“They’ve lost some close games this year or they could be 7-1 like us,” Berg said. “If a couple of games go differently, they would be 7-1, too.”

The game begins at 7 tonight in Eudora.

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