Ike defense, Iturregui handle adjustments
Eisenhower made the switch to the 3-4 defense this season, a move made to take advantage of the team's strengths.
One of the Ike players also making a switch to better suit the defense was senior Christian Iturregui. A defensive back for most of his football career, Iturregui now starts as an outside linebacker for the Eagles this season.
In the team's 55-29 loss to MacArthur last week, Iturregui stood out as one of the team's few bright spots as he was named the defensive MVP for the week.
"I thought I did pretty decent getting around the edge," Iturregui said. "Their tackle was pretty good though so it made it tough."
The matchup versus Mac has given the Eagles a good taste of what their district opener at Midwest City this Friday will be like.
Midwest City is also a run-first offense that racked up 281 rushing yards in its 49-6 win over Del City last week. Midwest City is big like Mac and has some athletes and much of the responsibility to slow that defense down will be on Iturregui and the Eagles' linebacking corps.
"I just know they're physical," Iturregui said of Midwest City. "I know they're big and I've heard they're slow. They're just big and physical guys and I hope to take advantage of them with my speed."
Speed is the biggest advantage for Iturregui at his new position and it comes in handy with the amount of pass coverage he's responsible for as well.