Eudora A 20-point fourth quarter helped Leavenworth Immaculata come from behind to defeat Eudora, 32-14.
"I don't know what it is," Immaculata coach Todd Leonard said. "Maybe the team likes adversity, but we always seem to come back late in the game."
Immaculata was able to run the ball effectively throughout the game, chewing up 306 yards of turf. The Raiders, however, were particularly successful in the second half when they gained 203 yards.
The Raiders' pass defense stepped it up in the second half. They picked off Eudora freshman quarterback Brent Carnagie twice.
Neither team appeared to have much of an advantage in the first half. Both moved the ball well.
Despite having neither its starting tailback or quarterback, Eudora scored first. The Cardinals engineered a 70-yard scoring drive capped by a three-yard Brent Carnagie sneak. The two-point conversion put the Cardinals up 8-0.
Eudora quarterback Jeremy Roubison missed the game because of a broken collarbone, and tailback Brett Smith was sidelined by a leg injury.
Both teams scored six points on their next possessions. Immaculata looked as if it were going to add another touchdown late in the period. With just over one minute remaining, the Raiders had a first down at the one.
Immaculata was unable to punch it in on first down with a quarterback sneak. Fullback Dan Snow didn't have any more success off tackle on second down. Graham Dessert was stuffed on a sweep to the left. Leonard decided to go for the touchdown on fourth and a foot. That call proved disastrous as Eudora forced a fumble that Bryce Vermillion snatched up on the one yard line.
Eudora (3-5) was able to run the clock out and ended the half leading 14-6.
"After we didn't score at the end of the half from the one foot line, we really woke up and came together," Raiders tailback Jeremy Winkelbauer said.
The second half belonged to Immaculata. The Raiders rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns in the period.
"The left side of their offensive line had two players who weighed about 260 pounds apiece," Cardinals coach Marty Kobza said. "They were able to pound it to that side almost every down. We just couldn't stop them."
Eudora's ground game, which had amassed 142 yards in the first half, was stopped cold in the second. The Cardinals managed only nine in the half.