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EISENHOWER NOTEBOOK/WEEK 4

Slow start puts Ike in hole

Eisenhower's start to its game versus MacArthur last week was far from ideal. The Eagles didn't attempt a pass until their third drive and by that point, they had no first downs and Mac was leading 13-0.

"We were out of sync," Ike head coach Danny Edelman said. "There were some things that we just didn't execute well up front and from the standpoint of overall offense. I felt like the execution on a couple of plays early could've been a little bit better."

Rhythm is very important to Ike's offense this season and, when certain things aren't being executed, the whole offense is affected and can become less effective. It wasn't until late in the first half that Ike's offense got things going and by that point it was already too late.

"With the style of play that we play, if you have a little bump in the road right off the bat then it kind of creates some situations for us," Edelman said. "I felt like we eventually got into some pretty good rhythm especially against a pretty good team that had answered and did a really good job of putting some points on the board early so it kind of put us in a position where we were in catch-up mode already. Other than that, we broke down in a couple of areas but we played hard. I was still very pleased."

Building on positives

Despite the Mac game being decided very early on, Edelman still strived to find positives for the Eagles to focus and build on going forward.

"I think at the point of attack on certain plays, we blocked really well up front," Edelman said. "I was pleased with how our receivers ran their routes. We had put in just a couple wrinkles for their man coverages and the kids responded well with that. We seemed to eventually be able to get the ball into certain people's hands that we had planned on in practice."

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