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Eisenhower qualifies for second season for first time since 2010 with victory

After the clock withered to zeroes and cheers rained down from the northside stands at Cameron Stadium, Eisenhower quarterback RJ Fisher looked to the home crowd with utter elation.

He knew the drought was finally over. The Eagles finally did it  they made the playoffs.

Despite a tragic start to the season, Ike has now won four-straight to open District 5A-2 play, with Friday night's victory being a 41-21 win over Guthrie. The win earned the Eagles spot in the postseason for the first time since 2010.

The senior was positively ecstatic following the historic performance, and he was ready to celebrate.

"We have one of the best student sections in Oklahoma, I believe, so that's immediately who I went to," Fisher said. "I celebrated with my classmates, and it's really good to see the whole school happy for us.

"It means a whole lot to this program and especially coach (Mike) Burris, and I'm really glad we could do it under him."

Fisher finished with 295 yards through the air and two touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing, while also racking up 114 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He recorded an interception as well.

Burris, a second-year coach, said this success has been a long time coming, especially after managing only three wins combined in the past two seasons.

"It's great for the kids and great for the fans, the teachers, the student body  everybody," Burris said. "That puts us in third (in the standings)."

Fisher went right to work doing what he does best  dissecting opposing defenses with his arm and his legs.

He connected with receiver Tre Harris for a 45-yard gain on the first play of the game, and he completed the drive only three plays later to give the Eagles (4-3, 4-0) a 7-0 lead with just over a minute expired in the game.

Two possessions later, Fisher led his team on a methodical 73-yard drive, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Washington with 13 seconds left in the opening quarter.

"He's just such a competitor  he makes things happen on the field," Burris said. "Without him, we probably don't get this win. He's a big part of it.

"He's a team leader, they follow him and he just drives that truck."

Guthrie trimmed the Ike lead to 13-7 with 8:51 left in the second quarter, but the Eagles' special teams unit once again answered the call.

Harris returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, giving Ike its third special teams score since the beginning of district play.

Harris, who also finished with four catches for 84 yards, said he was confident he would score from the moment he fielded the ball around his team's 30-yard line.

"That's just my mindset  I think I'm going to take everything back," Harris said. "I was thinking touchdown, and I saw a hole and cut through it."

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