You know it's a tough night when your punter is one of the bright spots, but that was the case as Eisenhower's injury-riddled football team wound up on the short end of a 34-0 score against Edmond North and once again it was the passing game that most caused this key District 6A-3 loss at Cameron Stadium.
In the beginning it was just a chore for the Eagles to get the snap conducted without a procedure penalty as sophomore quarterback Chris Pogi's different snap count caused the linemen and receivers a good deal of trouble, with six such penalties in the first half alone.
But they solved that problem and actually had some nice drives with Pogi hitting several different receivers including Andy Green who caught two nice passes and had another great catch wiped out by a holding penalty. All of that combined to keep the Eagles out of the end zone, but when you are playing without a starting quarterback (Bentley Bross), your leading receiver (Ricky Alexander) and a big offensive lineman (Michael Moana), you take what you can get.
"One thing I have to say, we played hard tonight and that wasn't the case last week (in a loss at Yukon)," Ike coach Boone Copeland said. "There in the first half we had those troubles with the procedure penalties but we finally got that worked out. But the other penalties killed us. We had a couple of huge holding penalties that wiped out big plays and that hurts.
"On one of those Andy Green makes a great catch and gets us down there deep (at the North 17) but that gets wiped out. We just can't make mistakes, especially when we are playing so many new guys out there. But I thought Chris settled down and did a pretty good job. He had some nice passes, plus we didn't give up a sack which was big."