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Eudora football hits wall against Paola, 33-14

The Eudora Cardinals couldn't muster enough offense against Paola in the playoff game Friday. Eudora's football team ends the season at 9-3.

November 14, 2009

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— No one expected the Eudora High football season to end quite like this.

Eudora entered Friday’s Class 4A sectional contest with Paola having won five in a row. But Paola ended Eudora’s season with a 33-14 thumping Friday at Laws Field.

“That was kind of a shocker,” Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. “But we didn’t play very well.”

From Eudora’s first play of the game, when receiver Brian Katzfey was tackled for an eight-yard loss on a reverse, the Cardinals were out of sync offensively. Paola then scored on its first two possessions and totaled 133 yards of offense on its first two drives. Eudora went three-and-out twice to open the contest.

“We gave them two touchdowns at the beginning, and I really thought we would come out better than that,” Webb said. “But their defensive line just owned our offensive line.”

Evan Cleveland led Eudora with 58 yards rushing on 24 carries. The Cardinals totaled just 77 yards on the ground and 125 total yards at game’s end.

“If we play our game and they play their game, we still think we're the better team,” Cleveland said. “But we didn’t play our game tonight.”

Skylar Hawkins led Paola’s rushing attack with 142 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

Eudora finished the year at 9-3. Paola (9-3) will play Roeland Park Miege in the state semifinals Friday.

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