Eisenhower NoteBook / Week 7
Friday's win against Woodward was big for everyone on the Eisenhower roster. But for one player in particular, the win was especially sweet.
Forced to miss the Piedmont game due to disciplinary reasons, left tackle and linebacker Tavita Ieremia was confined to cheer his teammates from the stands.
An emotional leader for the Eagles, Ieremia leads the team in chants before and after games. Ieremia still did his chants, but he had to do so from a seat in student section. It was a hard pill to swallow for the senior.
"It made me feel bad because I wasn't out there with my brothers," Ieremia said. "But I knew I had to practice even harder to get their trust back. I knew since I didn't play, I'd have to come into this game and play way harder."
Ieremia did just that, accounting for 11 tackles, including three for loss, while holding down the blind side on the line. His coach praised him for his performance and said it was important to get a player of his importance back on the field.
"Any time you lose a kid like that in a ballgame, it's tough to replace," Eisenhower head coach Mike Burris said. "To have him back on the field, it means so much because he's going to make plays. He's going to make plays all over the field, offensively and defensively."
The time off also allowed the senior to refocus and make sure he showed his teammates and coaches that he wasn't going to do anything to jeopardize their chances at winning.
"Usually, he's an in-your-face kind of guy," Burris said. "I noticed he wasn't like that in the (Woodward) game."