EISENHOWER NOTEBOOK/WEEK 5
Ike offense slowed down
For the first time all season, Eisenhower had its offense really struggle to move the football in its 33-7 loss at 6A No. 7 Midwest City last week.
The Eagles gained just 119 yards in total with only nine coming on the ground. Meanwhile, Midwest City rushed for 298 yards. It was not the defense that Ike head coach Danny Edelman was concerned with following the game, however.
"I thought we played overall, even though they put up some points on the board, I thought we played good defense, kids hustled to the ball," Edelman said. "We were making plays, we didn't get really pushed around that much from the standpoint of size and those type of things. Our situation was their defense. We just couldn't get anything going offensively from the standpoint of basically how well they played defense Friday night, therefore leaving our defense on the field quite a bit. They made plays, they did things they needed to do to win the game. Just the issues that we had more than any was how good of a defensive team they were and us executing what we needed to do."
The passing game is what has worked the most for Ike this season, especially the connection between quarterback Bentley Bross and wide receiver Rico Bussey. Against Midwest City, Bussey caught just four passes for 36 yards.
"It's a credit to their kids," Edelman said of Midwest City. "It's not necessarily a scheme that we haven't seen before. They naturally had some good players on the field. They did have good athletes. They covered well. They defended the run well. They blitzed at the right times even though we were able to pick most of that up. It goes back to us not executing at the point of attack very well, but those guys having some good players."
The top receiving target for Bross in the loss was T.J. Spratt, who made four catches for 25 yards, including Ike's lone touchdown of the game, which came with 5:03 left in the fourth quarter.
Morale remains high
The Eagles have hit their first losing streak of the young season with the loss at Midwest City coming a week after Ike lost 55-29 to MacArthur. Despite the skid in the wrong direction, Edelman is still seeing progress with the team and says the morale of the team remains high.