The long road bares sweet fruit for Eisenhower
GUYMON - Eisenhower coach Mike Burris said he wanted his team to walk around Friday afternoon to shake off some of the cobwebs from a five-hour bus ride the team was taking to Guymon Tiger Stadium.
It took a little time, but the Eagles got the rust off, got the running game going and, most importantly, got their first win of the season in a 61-0 victory over Guymon on Friday night.
The Eagles racked up 468 yards of offense, 396 of them in the first half.
Ike got off to an inauspicious start, however, as their first offensive drive stalled. But the Eagles got things going on their second time around as RJ Fisher scampered into the end zone from 43 yards out. He added a 46-yard touchdown run later in the half.
Fisher finished the game with 200 yards rushing on 13 carries and three touchdown runs.
Ike ran for 362 yards and averaged 15.7 yards per carry. The passing game never really got going, with Fisher completing just 3-of-9 passes for 47 yards but it did not affect the final outcome. Coach Mike Burris said he was happy with the offensive performance, even if it was a little more one-dimensional than he would have liked.
"It's always great when you can run the ball because it opens up so many other things," Burris said. "We didn't throw the ball that well, but we didn't have to."
Running back Kenneth Graham, who had been making plays in the receiving and return game in recent weeks, was finally able to flourish as a runner. The offensive line, which had struggled at times in the first three weeks, created holes for Graham throughout much of the game. When the holes weren't there, Graham rumbled through would-be tacklers, as he did on a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to make the score 14-0. But Graham's calling card all year has been his speed and he displayed that, too. No more so than on a 39-yard touchdown run down the sideline to put the Eagles up 28-0. Graham toted the ball nine times for 130 yards, all in the first half. He said it felt good to get back to his bread-and-butter.
"Running the ball is my true thing," Graham said. "I just want to keep doing it, better and better."
Graham again displayed his speed the first time the Eagles touched the ball in the second half. He received Javier Medina's punt at his own 10-yard-line and appeared to be bottled up by a tackler. But once he broke free of one tackler, Graham was on a mission. He evaded defenders before finding enough daylight to take off for a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.