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Viruet passionate about football, cars

When a football team is playing well, it is sometimes referred to as a "well-oiled machine".

In some ways, football teams, specifically on offense, are similar to sports cars. When all the parts are working together, the results can be devastating. But when just one piece isn't taken care of, that's when problems start to surface.

Eisenhower center Roberto Viruet often spends his "free time" during the fall either getting himself ready for football or working on vehicles. While he doesn't get to do the latter as much as he would like, he still enjoys the inner workings of automobiles and said he can see some similarities between a high-performance car and a potent offense.

"A car and football, I could see being somewhat alike," Viruet said. "If you have a part that's messing up, you have to run a diagnostics and you've got to find what the problem is and how to fix it.

"That's basically what we do in football. If something's not working, we've got to change something up. We'll just try different things until we know we can succeed."

The Eagles have been succeeding this year, making the playoffs for the first time in six years. The offense has been explosive at times, and the progression and maturity of the offensive line has helped contribute to that. Viruet said he sees a lot of differences in the camaraderie of the team this year compared to when they were younger.

"My first year, that's all we did was fight and just yell at each other after a loss," Viruet said. "But now, it's gotten to the point where we're brothers, we learn, we respect each other."

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