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A tale of two teams

Ike takes on Iroquois tonight

Eisenhower’s Cael Black rushed for 104 yards in the Knights’ season opener. Photo by Steve Younger

The Eisenhower Knights (1-0), coming off an impressive 47-0 shutout of Union City in their season opener one week ago will play an Iroquois (1-0) team at 7 tonight at John L. Post Stadium that comes off a 55-30 win over Seneca in its opener.

“Iroquois is a very well-coached team, their coaching staff has been together over fifteen years, much like mine, so we aren’t going to do anything to surprise each other,” Eisenhower head coach Jim Penley said.

The Braves’ offense is primarily a running one, having rushed for more than 500 yards last week, so they will look to continue that with an offensive line averaging well over 200 pounds.

Penley added “They run the ball extremely well and run the wing-T offense about as good as it gets.”

Eisenhower, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s game with a more balanced offense (162 yards passing and 158 yards rushing last week) with junior Cael Black running for 104 yards.

“Our line played extremely physical and they’ll have to again because of (Iroquois’) size,” Penley said, adding that the Knights’ defense also turned in a strong effort.

“Our defense played very well and having a six-man rotation on the defensive line allows us to keep guys rested,” Penley said. “They shut down a very good running team in Union City… We have to stop their wing-T.”

Iroquois must contain the Knights’ Zane Alexander as he proved he is a player that can change a game, having scored touchdowns on a 64-yard punt return and a 42-yard run. With his speed he is certainly a threat whenever he has the ball.

“In order to win, we have to be mistake-free and stop the wing-T. It really comes down to that.”

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