De Soto At 5-foot-7 and maybe 140 pounds, Evan Cleveland isn’t big. But he sure plays that way.
Cleveland, Eudora’s senior all-purpose running back, quarterback, receiver, defensive back and kick returner, rushed for 136 yards on 22 carries and scored one touchdown and nabbed one big late interception to lead Eudora to a 27-6 victory Friday at De Soto.
Clinging to a 7-6 lead at the half, Eudora took the opening drive of the third quarter and marched to the end zone, covering 81 yards in 13 plays. Cleveland had runs of 14, 14, 12 and eight yards on the drive. Cleveland also rushed four straight times on quarterback sweeps that moved Eudora from the De Soto 30-yard line to the three-yard line. The drive culminated with Hawley Montgomery recovering a fumble in the end zone that pushed Eudora’s lead to 14-6.
Eudora fumbled three times in the first half. De Soto’s Logan Clark returned one of those fumbles 54 yards in the second quarter for De Soto’s only points.
At halftime, Eudora had 113 total yards of offense, and De Soto totaled just 86 yards of offense. Eudora had just five first downs in the half, and three were via De Soto personal-foul penalties. But in the second, Cleveland converted three big third downs to keep Cardinal drives alive.
“The first half, we struggled big-time,” Cleveland said. “But those third-down conversions … we get ourselves together and get done what needs to get done. We get that first down and we want to keep going, and waste time off the clock, and really want to score.”
Eudora’s offense came to life in the second half, as Drew Noble hit Coulter Vestal on a deep bomb for 74 yards. Boomer Mays finished that four-play, 79-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run to push Eudora’s lead to 20-6 midway through the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing De Soto (0-2) possession, Cleveland intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards.
“They threw it deep, and I just read the quarterback’s eyes and went with it,” Cleveland said. “The ball was tipped. I came down with it and ran out of bounds and secured it.”
Cleveland finished that Eudora drive with a 40-yard burst up the middle right behind center Matt Schultz to the end zone.
“That was very good blocking on that play,” Cleveland said. “I didn’t even get touched.”
Eudora improved to 2-0. It is also the second game in a row that Eudora’s defense hasn’t allowed a point.
“I feel almost guilty the way we played the first half to be ahead, 7-6,” Eudora coach Gregg Webb said. “I mean, that had to kill them (De Soto). It had to kill them. And then we struggled, but the first drive of the second half was huge. Once we got ahead, 14-6, then they kind of saw that it was going to be pretty tough and our kids got fired up. And what it did was it gave our defense a little rest because they were out there the entire first half.”
Eudora will travel Friday to Ottawa.
Eudora 0 7 7 13 — 27
De Soto 0 6 0 0 — 6
D — Logan Clark 54-yard fumble return (2-point conversion failed)
E — Brian Katzfey 32-yard pass from Drew Noble (Matt Jump kick)
E — Hawley Montgomery fumble recovery in end zone (Jump kick)
E — Boomer Mays three-yard run (kick fail)
E — Evan Cleveland 40-yard run (Jump kick)
Oskaloosa 50, Immaculata 20
Oskaloosa — Brandon Barnes gained 291 yards off 23 carries and scored three touchdowns in Oskaloosa’s victory over Leavenworth Immaculata.
Mark Newell gained 118 yards off 13 carries and scored two TDs. Oskaloosa (2-0) will play Jackson Heights Friday at Oskaloosa.
Immaculata 0 14 0 6 — 20
Osklaoosa 22 15 7 6 — 50
O — Brandon Barnes 67 run (Mitch Boucher run)
O — Barnes 94 run (run failed)
O — Levi Wade 15 run (Boucher run)
O — Mark Newell 64 run (Barnes run)
I — Greg Pender 23 pass from Corey Leintz (Pender kick)
I — Brent Seaba 1 run (Pender kick)
O — Barnes 10 pass from Adam Bowser (Cody Green kick)
O — Bowser 1 run (Green kick)
I — Pender 60 pass from Leintz (kick failed)
O — Newell 3 run (kick failed)
Osawatomie 36, Tonganoxie 33
Tonganoxie — Osawatomie ruined Tongie’s homecoming with a touchdown in the final minute.
THS (1-1) was in position to run out the clock in the final few minutes, but a penalty on third-and-one and a snap over the head of punter Jeremy Wagner on fourth down allowed the Trojans, trailing by five at the time, to get the ball on the Tonganoxie six-yard line with 39.2 seconds remaining.
It took two plays for OHS (2-0) to score as quarterback Seth Jones threw for a touchdown and two-point conversion.
The Chieftains started their final drive with just 25.3 seconds remaining and were able to advance the ball 24 yards in three plays before a would-be hook-and-lateral on a completion from Jeremy Carlisle to Justin Jacobs ended up on the turf, and Osawatomie recovered its fifth THS turnover of the evening.
Senior D.J. Lindsay had two total touchdowns and 187 yards rushing in the loss. Carlisle threw for 137 yards and a score and rushed for 167 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.
Tongie will play host to Perry-Lecompton on Friday.
Tonganoxie 14 6 7 6 — 33
Osawatomie 8 12 8 8 — 36
T — Jeremy Carlisle 4 run (Amos White kick)
O — Jameson Greenwood 72 run (Seth Jones run)
T — DJ Lindsay 74 run (White kick)
O — Brandon Oakes 8 pass from Jones (conversion failed)
O — Greenwood 13 run (conversion failed)
T — Carlisle 4 run (kick failed)
T — Lindsay 43 pass from Carlisle (White kick)
O — Greenwood 1 run (Jones run)
T — Jeremie Maus 21 run (kick failed)
O — Dylon Needham 5 pass from Jones (Hunter Taylor pass from Jones)
K.C. Ward 25, Perry-Lecompton 15
Kansas City, Kan. — Jeremy Immenschuh passed for two touchdowns, but Perry-Lecompton fell to Kansas City Ward.
Immenschuh’s two touchdown passes went to Ethan Moe (29 yards) and Cody Amerine (10 yards).
The Kaws (0-2) will travel to Tonganoxie on Friday.
Ward 0 6 12 7 — 25
Perry-Lecompton 0 7 0 8 — 15
W — Peter McKiernan 16 pass to Alex Orel (kick failed)
PL — Jeremy Immenschuh 29 pass to Ethan Moe (John Mehl kick)
W — Michael Golubski 3 run (kick failed)
W — Cole Muder 51 run (kick failed)
PL — Immenschuh 10 pass to Cody Amerine (Immenschuh to Trent Robb for two-point conversion).
W — Orel 31 run (Jacob Kolenda kick)
Gardner-Edgerton 56, Baldwin 0
Baldwin City — Gardner racked up 432 yards of total offense in the first half in bolting to a 49-0 halftime lead.
BHS will travel Friday to Spring Hill
Gardner-Edgerton 14 35 7 0 — 56
Baldwin 0 0 0 0 — 0
G — Bubba Starling 61 run (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Ryan Weber 34 run (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Brett Jensen 1 run (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Tyler Stubler 10 reception from Starling (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Weber 5 run (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Alex Knorr 42 reception from Starling (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Justice Berry 52 reception from Starling (Chris McKenzie kick)
G — Jensen 9 run
Jackson Heights 22, McLouth 0
McLouth — The Bulldogs gained just 134 total yards in a setback to Jackson Heights.
Jackson Heights 0 0 0 0 — 0
McLouth 0 0 6 16 — 22