Game of inches
After playing on even terms most of the first half with the Moore Lions, 14-7, and having a possible game tying TD pass called back for a penalty, in a span 30 seconds things went south for Eisenhower with the end result being a 38-30 District 6A-3 loss.
With just under one minute left in the first half the Lions, a squad that seldom passes, caught the Eagles off-guard and connected for a 40-yard scoring strike to take a 21-7 lead.
Despite having only 17 clicks on the clock, the Eagles refused to let the clock run out. Instead reserve quarterback Chris Pogi connected with Jarvis Jackson on a screen play. The junior juked and jived all the way to inside the 5-yard-line before being brought down just shy of the end zone.
"It looked like he was just inches from scoring," said Ike head coach Boone Copeland. "Of course if we score, its 21-14, a completely different game."
Aside from giving up a 81-yard kickoff return to Moore's Derek Harris late in the opening quarter that tied the scored 7-7, the Eagles did everything right.
"I thought at 14-14 we were in control," Copeland said. "We had put together two scoring drives and really on another drive we had a TD pass which was called back on motion penalty the back judge called it, not the guy on the line of scrimmage."
The Lions scored a TD and a field goal in the third quarter for what appeared at the time a comfortable 38-14 lead. But as Copeland has so often said, the Eagles are a resilient team.
Sparked by Jackson, wide receiver Shannon Cannon and two onside kicks which were recovered by the Eagles, the visitors found themselves just eight points shy, 38-30, of sending the game into overtime, but the Eagles' valiant effort fall short.