Not in tune, not in sync
When Eisenhower High School head coach Boone Copeland began coaching years ago, he prided himself with the belief that he knew, he could feel, if his team was ready to play a big game. Not so much any more.
"Any more I really don't know (if the kids are ready to play of not)," said Copeland prior to the Eagles' Wednesday practice in preparation for their District 6A-3 matchup against No. 4 Edmond North at Cameron Stadium Friday night. "Sometimes you think, hey we're ready to go, and then you go out there and lay an egg."
Laying an egg was just what the Eagles did in their 59-7 district opening loss to Yukon last week, a Yukon team which until then had not won a game. For the Eagles, it was the proverbial case if it wasn't for bad luck they wouldn't have any luck at all.
"It was our first district game, going up to Yukon, playing a team we haven't beaten in the last couple of years but have had some really close games with," Copeland said. "I really thought we were ready, but for some reason we weren't ready. We didn't practice near the level I would have liked to have seen. Then you start thinking are we ready to play, and sure enough we weren't. It just seemed from the beginning that we were awfully flat which is unusual."
The night started out promising, but it didn't take time for everything to come unraveled.
"We started out the game and get a couple of quick first downs," said Copeland. "And then we get a nice running play but we (Shannon Coleman) dropped the ball. They scored. Then (on second possesion) we have to punt the ball. They scored. We finally got a nice sustained drive, score and we think, we're right back in this game. Then boom. they come right back and score. It almost seemed like they had our number."