Asked for an assessment of his football team at the midpoint of the 2005 season, Eudora High coach Gregg Webb didn't exactly offer a glowing review.
"It's day to day with us," Webb said. "Some days, I think we're starting to get it down, and other days, I'm sitting there wondering if we'll ever get it down.
"I'm a kind of guy who wants perfection on every snap, and we're a long way from that."
However, the Cardinals are perfect in one key area through their first four games: the standings.
Eudora carries a sterling 4-0 record into tonight's Frontier League showdown against Central Heights. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Laws Field.
True to Webb's feelings about his squad, those four wins have revealed a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde persona. While the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 98-54, three of their victories are by six points or less - including last week's come-from-behind, 26-20 win at Anderson County that wasn't decided until quarterback Kyle Brouhard scored on a 20-yard scamper with just 23 seconds remaining.
On one hand, such down-to-the-wire outcomes are enough to drive a coach batty.
On the other, they reveal a lot about the type of poise and determination Webb has instilled in his team.
Area Game of the Week
What: Central Heights (3-1) at Eudora (4-0) When: 7 tonight Where: Laws Field Last year: Eudora won, 48-0
"I think the reason that we have been able to do that is I demand a lot from the kids," Webb said. "When they get in those situations, I'm demanding and expect us to do it right.
"When it comes down to a little extra pressure situation, it's just another play for them. They know they better do it right."
That attitude carries over to tonight's opponent. Ask most Frontier League coaches about facing Central Heights (3-1), and you get a lengthy discussion about how the Vikings present a unique set of problems with their ability to throw the football.
Webb admits it's something to worry about - but not to the point of altering his own defensive game plan.
"They do basic stuff. ... They're not running some funky formation that nobody has seen before," Webb said. "They're 3-1 because they're a pretty good football team."
The question is which enigmatic Eudora squad will show up to knock heads with them. For his own sanity, not to mention the viewing pleasure of the homecoming crowd expected to pack the Cardinals' home stadium, Webb hopes it's the one he can brag about.
"The nice thing is they get to showcase what kind of team they are in front of a crowd that maybe hasn't seen them before," Webb said. "That might add motivation. It should.
"Eudora football has quite a tradition. We don't want people to come back and see that tradition isn't being carried on the way it should be."