Valiant second half not enough to dig Ike out of early hole
Perhaps there are no such things as moral victories.
But if there are, perhaps Eisenhower had one Thursday night.
In the second half, anyway.
After being outscored 50-7 in the first half by Choctaw, the Eagles played with a purpose in the second half, outscoring their visitors 18-0 in the final two quarters to make the final scoreline 50-25.
And although the Eagles are now 0-2, head coach Eric Gibson was pleased with how his team fought back, even if it happened later than he would have liked.
“We were just asking them to make a decision to respond, and that’s what they did,” Gibson said. “They came out fired up and came out ready to play a little bit of football. I wish they had that opportunity in the first half, but they did what we asked them to do at halftime.”
The defense made big plays in the second half, forcing three turnovers in the fourth quarter, including interceptions by Micah Wise and Caiden Smalls.
Once again, the statistical star for Ike was running back TreVaughn Walton, who carried the ball 31 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns, with 109 of those yards coming in the second half.
In the first half, Eisenhower simply had no answer for the spread-out attack employed by the Yellowjackets. Choctaw quarterback Thad Williams tossed five touchdown passes in the first half, becoming the second quarterback in as many weeks to perform that feat against Ike.