Looking for a complete game
Not since a 20-17 loss to MacArthur in Week Three of the season have the Eisenhower Eagles put together what head coach Boone Copeland considers a complete game.
"For us, our most important thing is we need to put together a complete football game," said Copeland, whose squad faces Oklahoma City U.S. Grant this afternoon at 1 p.m. Cameron Stadium. "We did that in Week Two (beat Altus, 41-6, in lightning-shortened game). We played pretty good offense and defense against Mac, but since then, due to whatever, we just haven't done it."
Case in point was last week's 22-3 District 6A-3 loss to Midwest City. The defense played a solid game, keeping the Eagles in the game.
"They (Bombers) kept giving us the ball back," Copeland said, whose team is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the district. "We'd move it down into the red zone two or three times and only came away with three points for the night.
"Offensively we were very, very inconsistent. I didn't feel like we did a very good job knocking them (Bombers) off the ball. They were probably one of the more physical teams that we've played, which makes it even more surprising that they (Bombers) are in the situation they are (2-5 overall, 2-2 District 6A-3).
"I know everybody likes to throw the ball around and see all that, but at the end of the day, if you're not able to establish some kind of run game, you're going to have difficulty scoring, and that's at any level."
Ike's ground game was virtually nonexistent thanks to several sacks which produced a minus-7 total on 22 tough carries. It was an 18 of 38 passing effort from sophomore quarterback Bentley Bross for 162 yards that provided what little offense there was for Ike.