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Eisenhower NoteBook / Week 1

Ike still has room to improve, coach says

Eisenhower head coach Mike Burris said he was happy to see his team get so excited about the way Thursday's scrimmage against Elgin ended, even if the game didn't count in the standings.

The enthusiasm was high and Burris said he hopes it carries over into their Week 1 game against MacArthur Friday.

"Just the emotion by the kids, feeling good about their performances," Burris said.

The Eagles "won" their first two scrimmages, against teams that had gotten the better of Eisenhower in the past. It hasn't been all fun and games for Ike, however. Burris said he and his team watched film and looked at some of the areas on which they need to work.

"We're still working on technique, busting some assignments. Defensively, we fit in the wrong gaps," Burris said. "Correctable things."

One area in particular where Burris hopes to improve is penalties. The Eagles were called for numerous motion penalties in the Elgin scrimmage and Burris wants his team to stay focused and disciplined.

"Defensively, I just tell them, 'don't move until your man moves; don't really watch the ball, watch your man,'" Burris said. "I think we got a little anxious. Hopefully, we'll correct that this week. When it comes down to it, you can't be making those kinds of mistakes in big ball games or in a critical down and distance. A lot of it is inexperience."

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