TD pass perfect ending for Ike
It might have been a scrimmage, but one could be fooled by the jubilance with which Eisenhower celebrated.
On the final play of their session against Elgin, Ike backup quarterback Tre Harris hit Kinyon Parker on a post route in the back of the end zone. Parker was able to drag one foot and Eisenhower outscored Elgin 3-2 Thursday in the final dress rehearsal before the regular season starts.
"It's been a while since we've basically won two scrimmages," Eisenhower Coach Mike Burris said. "Any time they can get excited, it makes practices better. Last year, when we scrimmaged them, they kinda whooped us a little bit. I was so proud of them, they fought so hard tonight."
The teams began the scrimmage by getting the ball for 12 plays each, starting at their own 35-yard line. On the fifth play of Eisenhower's first offensive drive, running back Kenneth Graham broke a 47-yard touchdown run. Ike would not score the rest of the series.
Elgin responded on its next drive by riding its running game to the Eisenhower 10-yard line. On third and 10, sophomore quarterback Rivers Johnson found Jonathan Brown on a screen and Brown found his way to the end zone.
Eisenhower's next series was a showcase largely for quarterback showcase largely for quarterback RJ Fisher. After ending the previous Elgin series by picking off a pass from his safety position, Fisher began the offensive series with a 20-yard run. He also found running back David Dillingham for a 15-yard pass later in the drive.
However, Eisenhower faced fourth and 10 from the Elgin 19 and decided to go for it. Fisher appeared ready to try to simply gain some ground up the middle on a quarterback keeper.
After first appearing to be bottled up, the elusive Fisher broke to the outside, pulled out of two more tackle attempts before sprinting down the sideline for the last 10 yards and the score.
Elgin responded with another Brown touchdown run, this time from 30 yards out. After that, the teams shifted to a 24-minute, running-clock simulated game. Eisenhower got the ball first and had to punt.
Brown, along with Pepper Ferrell and Lewis Shepherd, led a strong run game for the Owls which provided trouble for the Ike defense for much of the night. However, a penalty negated a touchdown pass and a fumble at the Ike 5-yard line cost the Owls.
"I don't think they ever stopped us," Elgin Coach Jason Cunningham said. "We never punted. I don't think we ever had a fourth down, but still we don't come out on top because of mistakes. We're going to go back and watch video and clean it up.
"That offensive line, they blocked, man. I could make yards behind that offensive line. They're good and they're big."
After the fumble, the Eagles took over at their own 5-yard line with Harris at quarterback in place of Fisher. It was an inauspicious start to the drive with an incomplete pass and a penalty pushing them back to near the 2-yard-line. On second and 13, Harris heaved a pass downfield for Parker, who snatched it from the air and rumbled down to the 50.
The Eagles began to sputter again, but a 10-yard run by Harris on fourth and 10 provided them with new life. Harris hit Parker for a 13-yard gain on the next play and then he found Derek Coleman down the sideline on the following play.