Cardinals Add Patriots to Victims List
By Laurie Shaffer
The Cardinals steamroller picked up speed last Friday as Webb City defeated Mt. Vernon 28-0 and Will put its 2-0 record on the line tonight in East Newton.
With the win, the Cards kept their number two ranking in state Class 4.
Senior running back Matt Berry lead the Cardinals at home last weekend was named the Springfield area player of the week for his effort. He carried the ball only 10 times for 217 yards.
But it was enthusiasm and the defense that made the biggest difference in the game, Coach Jerry Kill said.
Defensive coaches Steve Gollhofer and Kurt Thompson “did and excellent job getting the defense ready to play. The defense dominated the football game.”
Senior Adam Spence dominated the defense, helping limit the Mountaineers to less than 70 yards on the ground.
Kill was also pleased with the play of the kicking team and the crowd support.
The Cardinals were without all-state player Kevin Crane, who was out with a knee injury. They are hopeful he will be able to play again in a couple of weeks.
Kill said the offensive unit got off to slow start but as they game progressed, they improved, “spearheaded by Berry.”
“We got better than we were the week before,” Kill said, “and that is always our goal."
Victory #3 in East Newton?
The Cardinals hope to get a win tonight as they travel to East Newton to play the 0-2 Patriots.
“We expect a good game.” Kill says in reference to the Patriots. He added, “any time you play the number two team in the state you’re going to be ready.”
Kill also expects a wet and muddy game. “Anything can happen in the mud.”
But in spite of being forced to into the gym for practice, he thinks the Cardinals had a good week of practice and are ready to play.
Matt Berry, offensive back, special teams. The senior was names Springfield player of the week for his efforts last week. “He walked on water the other night.: Kill said. He was selected offensive back for his 217 yards in 10 carries., including two touchdowns. He was also selected for special teams for his work as the Cardinals punter. “You can talk about him as long as you want.” Kill said. “ He played as good as any player could.”
Jeff Ogden, offensive line. The junior lineman helped the offense gain 420 yards rushing. “A lot of it was behind him. “Kill says. He added that the whole line played well but Ogden stood out. “He is on his way to having a banner year.”
Greg Rogers, offensive line. The senior had an excellent game, Kill said, including some key downfield blocking.
Adam Spence, defensive line. The senior was in on several tackles and had an excellent game. “He did things we expect him to do.” Kill said.
B.J. Williams, defensive back. The junior played running back, receiver, and returned kicks as well as defensive back. “He is one of those kids you would like to have a million of.” Kill said. “He is a big key to why our football team was successful.”
Garrett Arnold, work team. The junior was selected for his hard work and determination at practice. “He does a good job helping us get ready game in and game out.” Kill said.