Eudora wins district crown over Baldwin
BALDWIN CITY — Eudora beat its rival for the second straight year and won the Class 4A district crown here Thursday.
In fact, the Cardinals (7-2) rolled over Baldwin (2-7), winning 47-0 at Liston Stadium. The Cardinals went 3-0 in district action and have now taken the last two contests against Baldwin.
“I’m loving this right now,” Eudora senior Evan Cleveland said. “This was a fantastic win. This is a great rivalry and it feels so great to come out and get the win.”
Eudora scored touchdowns on five of their six possessions in the first half. The other score was a fumble recovery in the Bulldogs’ end zone.
Cardinals’ sophomore tailback Chris Pyle scored three touchdowns Thursday night. He joined junior Boomer Mays in helping the Cardinals rack up 245 yards on the ground.
Cleveland added to the mix and scored the first touchdown on the ground. Cleveland also threw a pair of long touchdown passes to wide-open receivers.
“When you can run the ball as well as we did, it will open our passing game,” Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. “Our offensive line has gotten better, too. We also have some skill kids that can run and catch it. Put all of that together and we were able to move the ball.”
Baldwin’s offense struggled all night long as it only managed one first down in the first half and three for the game. A week ago, the Bulldogs rushed for 421 yards, but were contained to just 60 yards.
“Our defense played well enough to give our offense enough chances to score,” Webb said. “Our defensive ends squeezed everything back inside and that really gave them trouble. I kind of put the burden on our defensive ends tonight. Then our linebackers filled the gaps nicely.”
Eudora will host De Soto at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Baldwin will travel to Bishop Miege for its bi-district contest.
Eudora – 47
Baldwin – 0
E – 14 27 6 0 – 47
B – 0 0 0 0 – 0
E — Evan Cleveland 7 run (Matthew Jump kick)
E — Chris Pyle 3 run (Jump kick)
E — Christian Richardson 0 fumble recovery (fumbled snap)
E — Brian Katzfey 55 reception from Cleveland (Jump kick)
E — Richardson 45 reception from Cleveland (Jump kick)
E — Pyle 2 run (Jump kick)
E — Pyle 3 run (Jump kick wide left)