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Eisenhower NoteBook / Week 3

Finding the silver lining

Starting off 0-2 is not the way any coach wants to begin a football season. But Eisenhower coach Mike Burris said he tries to keep his players in a positive mindset. He said he knows yelling and screaming can only get a coach so far, so he tries for alternate ways to motivate his players.

"They can be beat down only so much," Burris said. "You got to build them back up. You got to always find that silver lining. Not all the plays they do are bad. They make some good plays. A lot of it has to be due to fatigue. They're giving their all and it just wears on you."

With a limited number of players on the roster, most of the players play on both sides of the ball. Although the Eagles have given up 97 points in their first two games, Burris has been impressed by some of the defensive players, especially at the linebacker position.

Sophomore Devante "Vegas" Moncrief had a big game, despite playing at a new position. Armon Martin recorded 16 tackles, adding to his team-leading total. Derek Coleman, typically a linebacker on defense, had to play corner due to an injury to Mealique Byers. Despite some growing pains adjusting to the position, Coleman, who plays receiver on offense, did a good job, Burris said.

"He did OK," Burris said. "He had been playing outside linebacker. When Mealique Byers went down, we looked around and he was the logical guy. He's played a lot of different positions so far. Just trying to find one he's real good at."

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