Eisenhower, yet again, proves
that they are a top contender in the Woodland Conference. They came into
undefeated territory and handed Whitnall their first loss of the season Friday
night, 28-10. Weather conditions were
not the greatest for this football game, but it did not seem to affect the
Lions too much enroot to their third consecutive win after their loss to Pewaukee.
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The game opened up with a
drive from the Falcons down to the 3 yard line, where they were only able to
put up a field goal against the Lions defense. All of that momentum was quickly
gone as WR Ian McKechnie took the opposing kickoff 90 yards for a score, and
the Lions led 7-3.
yes"> Errors were the name of the game for the Falcons, fumbling the
ball 7 times throughout the game. Although they did not lose any of those
fumbles, it set up for long second and third down plays which would eventually
lead to punts or turnover on downs. Also, Whitnall receivers had a hard time
hanging on to the ball, dropping numerous passes throughout the night. This
really seemed to hurt their passing game, which was held to 0 touchdowns for
only the second time all year.
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Whitnall was able to steal
the fire from Eisenhower near halftime as McKechnie muffed a punt inside the 5
yard line. The Falcons were able to take the turnover into the end zone on a 4
yard touchdown by RB Sean Graham, and led the Lions heading into halftime
Coming out into the second
half the Lions did not seem flustered at all by the 3 point deficit as they
were able to maintain possession of the ball in the third quarter for over 7
minutes, when the drive was capped off by a 65 yard touchdown run by RB Tyler
Faber, who had 2 scores on the night.
QB Joel Stave went 20 for 38
with 277 yards, but 0 touchdowns in the loss to Eisenhower. The Lions defense,
again, really proved their case to not be underestimated in any sense. They
were in the backfield disrupting RB Sean Graham and Stave all night. The game
was sealed when LB Bennett Hasseldeck picked off Stave with 10:53 left to go in
the game. The Lions scored after the interception on a 1 yard score by FB Jasiu
Raczynski, putting the Lions up 18 and leaving no hope for a Falcon comeback.
The Lions were great, not
perfect tonight. Their passing game for the second week is causes for some
concern. Although their rushing game has been able to put up over 250 yards as
team in the last two games, their passing offense has combine for 41 yards in
those games. If Eisenhower is looking to make it deep into the playoffs this
season they are going to need to improve greatly through the air to be a true
contender for a state championship this year.
The road for Whitnall will
continue to get tougher as they will face fellow one less team, Greendale next
week at home. They also will have to play undefeated Pewaukee as their season
closer on October 21st. For Eisenhower, their schedule should be
smooth sailing from here, as they have 2 of their final games against opponents
with losing records. The Lions will face off against South Milwaukee next