Baldwin loses to rival in district showdown
Eudora — Eudora shutout Baldwin, 20-0, to win the district crown and earn a home game Tuesday in the first round of the 4A state football playoffs.
Coaches of both teams agree Eudora’s defense was the difference Thursday in the contest between the two Douglas County rivals.
“We played really well on defense,” Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. “Watching them on film, they have so many weapons who can take it to the house. It’s an unbelievable defensive effort to shut them out.”
Baldwin coach Mike Berg said the Eudora defense won the battle of the trenches.
“We couldn’t block anyone,” he said. “They are really good.”
Eudora scored the game’s first touchdown with less than a minute to play in the first half. Appropriately, it was set up by the Cardinals’ defense, which forced a Baldwin punt into a stiff north wind. The big play in the ensuing 42-yard drive was junior quarterback Andrew Ballock’s 28-yard run on fourth-and-five. Ballock broke two tackles in the backfield before breaking loose to the Baldwin 5-yard line. Senior running back Gabe Cleveland carried the ball in for the score on the next play.
Eudora scored again on its first possession of the third quarter after again forcing a Bulldog punt into the wind. Ballock finished the 21-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Eudora put the game out of reach when senior Markis Hill broke up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown with 5 minutes left in the game.
With the win, Eudora (9-1) won the district and will play Tuesday at home against De Soto. Baldwin (6-3) will travel Tuesday to play Spring Hill.
Eudora 20, Baldwin 0
Eudora (9-1) 0 6 6 8 – 20
Baldwin (6-3) 0 0 0 0 – 0
Scoring: Eudora – Gabe Cleveland 5-yard run (kick failed); Andrew Ballock, 2-yard run (kick failed); (Markis Hill, 72-yard run (A. Ballock PAT run)