EISENHOWER NOTEBOOK/WEEK 6
Back on the winning side
Eisenhower bounced back from a two-game losing streak with a 21-14 win over Canyon (Tex.) last week for its Homecoming game.
It wasn't a district game, but Ike head coach Danny Edelman said leading up to the game that it might be the most important of the season up to this point. Edelman was pleased that the team rose to the occasion to pick up the win.
"I felt like the kids worked hard during the week," Edelman said. "We had a good game plan put together. The defense played well again and we were able to move the ball in spurts during the ball game without shooting ourselves in the foot a couple of times with penalties. Other than that, I thought we played well and it was a big win for us to get ready for our next district opponent."
Edelman is hoping the win will help Ike carry over some positive momentum into their next district game at Choctaw (4-1) Friday at 7 p.m.
Defense stepped up
Canyon entered the game averaging more than 40 points per contest. They had a strong rushing attack that averaged more than 300 yards per game. The Eagles held them to just two touchdowns, both of which didn't come until the second half, and 188 yards on the ground.
"They played a pretty multiple offense, but at the same time they were one-dimensional," Edelman said. "The quarterback was maybe their biggest threat and I felt like we did a good job of putting together a game plan to take away their top two or three running plays. We worked extremely hard last week on preparing for that. It feels good to look back and see the kids' success and how they practiced and how they really prepared for a scheme and then to go out there and take it away. For the team, it was very pleasing."
The key to stopping that rushing attack started in the trenches, where Juwan Vint really stepped up for the Eagles.
"Again, I think one of the big mismatches was Juwan Vint playing nose tackle," Edelman said. "He disrupted a lot of things that were going on up front with their center and just pretty much their whole timing. He played just a very good game, but at the same time was able to stand out in taking away a lot of their schemes by his aggressive play and how hard he prepared and played good in the game."