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Ike’s stingy defense on display tonight

The Eisenhower Knights have started the 2020 football season on a roll and look to continue their winning ways tonight, but first they must get past the visiting Seneca Bobcats.

The Knights, who opened the season with victories over Union City, 47-0, and Iroquois, 55-7, have yielded an average just 75 yards of offense, forced seven turnovers and made six sacks.

Seneca, which is seeking its first win of the season, appears to be facing a tall order, but Eisenhower coach Jim Penley isn’t buying it.

“They have tremendous speed, which we saw on film,” he said. “We cannot allow them to get outside of our contain.”

The Bobcats run the ball well and have averaged 26 points per game in the first two games.

“In both of their losses, even when they were down, they never stopped playing hard. They managed to keep themselves in both games.”

Penley added: “Defensively they are much more like us size-wise than our first two opponents. We have to be more consistent on offense, our offensive line has to continue to play physical (and) we must win the battle of the line of scrimmage.”

The Bobcats haven’t won a game since the 2018 season, but Penley appreciates the work their opposing coaching staff has done.

“Their coaches have done an outstanding job,” he said. “Considering where they came from, they have them playing hard and fast. … If we don’t play sound fundamentally and continue to play physical, this team is more than capable of beating us.

“We must stop their run. … Our play-action and option offense must work. … We have been so explosive offensively, it would be nice to have some long, sustained drives.”

Kickoff for tonight’s game is 7 p.m. at the “Pasture of Pain” in Russell.

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