Eudora Eudora High's football team scored touchdowns on all but two of its possessions and never punted, and yet the Cardinals still lost a 41-33 shootout to Perry-Lecompton on Friday night.
"We just beat the snot out of them, but if we can never stop anybody, it becomes very, very difficult and frustrating," Eudora coach Gregg Webb said.
Eudora (2-5, 0-1) took the opening possession and marched 72 yards in 12 plays all runs by Ryan Fisher and Evan Cleveland. Fisher capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run, and the Cardinals had the early lead. The drive chewed up almost six minutes.
But just like it has all season long, the Eudora defense couldn't stop the opposing team's passing attack. Perry-Lecompton senior quarterback Shane Gimzo answered Eudora's drive by connecting on a 65-yard strike to tight end Joel Gantz to tie the score at 7.
Eudora punched back with its ground game, and Fisher scored his second touchdown of the half on a 14-yard run behind big blocks from the right side of the offensive line, senior Cody Carlson and junior Colton Lynch.
But Eudora didn't stop the Kaws at all in the first half. Gimzo was 9-for-9 passing for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
In the second half, Eudora stopped the Kaws once, forcing them to punt after Eudora threw an interception in the red zone early in the third quarter. The Kaws scored two more touchdowns in the third and led by a touchdown at the end of three. But Fisher's fourth touchdown run of the night cut the lead to one halfway through the final period.
The Cardinals decided to go for two to take the lead, but Fisher was stopped behind the line.
"I wanted to put some pressure on their offense," Webb said. "If you get ahead, then their offense has a little bit of pressure."
The Kaws marched down the field and scored again with just more than four minutes to play. The Cardinals drove to the Kaws 30-yard line, but Fisher was stopped on a fourth-and-three with 1:50 to play to end Eudora's scoring threat.
Eudora will play its second district game Friday night at Santa Fe Trail.
Baldwin 46, Santa Fe Trail 18
Baldwin City - Baldwin scored touchdowns on six straight possessions to open district play with a convincing victory.
Baldwin moved to 6-1, while SFT fell to 0-7.
The Bulldogs' Sam Beecher completed 12 passes and had a hand in six of seven touchdowns.
He rushed for four scores and threw two TDs to Brandon Tommer.
Baldwin will travel to Perry-Lecompton on Friday for its second district game.
Basehor-Linwood 38, Tonganoxie 15
Tonganoxie - Basehor-Linwood scored 35 unanswered points at Tonganoxie en route to a lopsided victory.
BLHS (3-4) scored first with a 21-yard field goal from Kyle Savner in the first quarter following a THS fumble on a high snap that the Bobcats recovered at the THS eight-yard line.
Tonganoxie (4-3) responded with an eight-play, 79-yard drive that included a 29-yard run by senior quarterback Zack Robinson, a 36-yard run by junior back Jeremie Maus and an easy one-yard score by Robinson to put THS ahead.
However, BLHS dominated from that point on.
THS will travel to Kansas City Piper on Friday.
Silver Lake 35, Wellsville 0
Wellsville - Tyler Roberts threw three touchdown passes, and Silver Lake improved to 7-0.
Wellsville dropped to 1-6. The Eagles will entertain Osage City on Friday.
De Soto 28, St. James 7
De Soto - Logan Clark passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead De Soto.
Jamel Townsend caught three passes for 63 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown reception. Clark connected on five of 11 passes for 109 yards.
De Soto (3-4) will entertain Spring Hill next Friday.
Mill Valley 28, K.C. Schlagle 0
Kansas City, Kan. - Nicholas Woods ran for 153 yards on 20 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run, and Luke Lawyer tossed touchdown passes to Shea Miller and Tanner Rainbolt.
Shawn Stene also scored on a 14-yard run.
Mill Valley (6-1) will entertain K.C. Washington on Friday.
Jeff North 20, McLouth 14
McLouth - Jefferson North outgained McLouth 270 total yards to 216 in their district opener.