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Ike can’t get past Woodward

WOODWARD — Eisenhower grabbed its first lead of the season early in its game against Woodward. And even after falling behind, the Eagles fought back and cut the lead to a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Eric Gibson’s team, an inability to convert chances into points and costly turnovers ultimately resulted in a 40-20 loss for Ike in its District 5A-2 opener on Friday.

Eisenhower’s first drive of the ball game took them all the way to the Woodward 1 yard line. However, quarterback Ethan Roberts was stopped on 4th and goal.

Ike’s second drive was far more successful, with Cory McClelland taking an Ethan Roberts pass 67 yards to the house for a touchdown.

The Boomers answered on the first play of the second quarter on a 46-yard catch-and-run by Drake Parker. Later in the quarter, the Boomers benefited from some good fortune when a Woodward fumble near the goal line was recovered by a Boomer in the end zone for a touchdown, giving them a 14-7 lead.

That lead was extended when Woodward safety Matt Ogden intercepted a Roberts pass and returned it 77 yards for touchdown.

It was Roberts’ second interception of the game and it prompted Gibson to put Connor Collins in at QB in the second half. However, Collins also threw a pick six. On the game, the two combined to complete just 8 of 23 pass attempts for 115 yards.

Running back TreVaughn Walton had yet another 100-plus-yard game. But the Eagles couldn’t turn drives into scores, Gibson said. On defense, he said his team came close to seizing momentum with stops, but just failed to execute.

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