Eisenhower NoteBook / Week 9
After being beaten by the top-ranked team in its class, Eisenhower gets the "reward" of playing perhaps the second-best team in Class 5A, Bishop McGuinness.
For the second consecutive year, the Eagles will follow up Carl Albert with a contest against the Irish. McGuinness finished runner-up in the state championship to Carl Albert in 2016, and its only loss this season was a 21-6 defeat to CA in Week 6.
While playing the two state finalists from a year ago may not seem fair, Ike coach Mike Burris said his job is to get his players ready for whoever is on their schedule next.
"It's kind of luck of the draw," Burris said. "You just don't know when it's going to happen when they put the numbers in the hat."
For Burris, it is actually a blessing in disguise that his team gets the state finalists when it does. After starting the season 0-3, the Eagles went on a tear and entered the Carl Albert game on a four-game win streak and fresh off sealing a playoff berth.
With his team playing some of its best football fo the season, Burris said he couldn't ask for a better time to play such highly-touted teams.
"Really, the schedule is laid out pretty good for us. I'd rather play them toward the end of the year," Burris said. "You get some momentum because you get some wins. Last year, we played them coming off of three losses."