Eisenhower has a lot to offer tonight.
The Knights are 9-0 and have earned the title of District 10 Region 1 Champions, but they’re only on the football team for a short time and they want more than that.
Eisenhower will face a 2-6 Girard team that has athletes on both sides of the ball and was able to win a few more games, but mistimed errors crippled them.
Knights head coach Jim Penley didn’t miss that.
“Girard have played some games where they were much more competitive than the final score indicated, but making critical mistakes at the wrong time was really a problem.” he said.
Over the course of the past two weeks, Eisenhower has won both games they’ve played, although the flu has limited their numbers at practice, and that has continued into this week, but Penley is hoping to be back in full force tonight .
The Knights have secured a spot in the District 10 playoffs and preliminary signs point to a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The District 10 Playoff Selection Committee meets Saturday to determine the teams that have earned the opportunity to play.
The Eisenhower defense continues to make its mark on opponents as they have proven to be an opportunistic group with 12 interceptions in the season, led by junior Shawn Pascuzzi with five. They had three interceptions against Iroqouis last week, two from Pascuzzi including one returned for a touchdown and one from Benji Bauer. Meanwhile, the Knights’ offense doesn’t turn the ball over as Pascuzzi threw just an interception from his quarterback spot.
Eisenhower’s defense has been outstanding up to this point, holding Iroqouis to less than 100 yards from the entire offense last week.
“(Girard) has a nice, physical group of ballers who get off the ball quickly.” said Penley. Your quarterback is very athletic and can put up some tough plays. All of their running backs are die-hard runners. They just couldn’t get outdoors much this year. We have to be prepared for everything from them.”
Bauer, the Knights’ backlog, broke the one-season rushing mark last week and will be looking to build on that total tonight.
“Girard is a team that has been improving week by week as they gave General McLane seizures last week,” said Penley. “We must be ready.”
Eisenhower wants nothing more to end the regular season with a win and a 10-0 record.
“We know this is a big game for pride,” said Penley. “I’m sure they want to end their season strong with a win. We want to win the game and keep improving as a team for the playoffs.”
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m
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