The word that keeps coming up when you talk about Eisenhower and MacArthur is unique.
From Ike's Eagle Gun to Mac's spread formation these two offenses are as different as can be. However, there is a lot of respect between the two teams, as they understand what is needed to succeed.
"Their scheme is unique just like our scheme is unique," Ike head coach Boone Copeland said. "They throw the ball around, although they've kind of evolved into trying some more running formations. They've even lined up with tight ends this year."
Tonight at 7 p.m. in Cameron Stadium these offenses will be on display, and though the city championship is not on the line, there is still a lot at stake.
For the Highlanders to counter Ike's offense, Mac will have to play assignment football as you have to answer the question of where the ball is going to go. Is it going to come from quarterback Bentley Bross, running back Jarvis Jackson or fullback Melique Antoine in the triple-option attack.
"It's a tough week when you play Eisenhower because they run the option and it's something that you don't see very much," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "You have to play assignment football and we will practice a lot this week, at least in the running game, without a football so we know people are doing what they are supposed to do wether it is taking the quarterback, the fullback or the pitchman. It's just disciplined, assignment football. If we can do that, I like our changes. If we can't then I don't."
The Eagles also have an option to pass with Bross and with talented receivers like Julio Santiago and Andy Green to catch passes there is a threat to get the big play.