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Knights to face ‘difficult test’ tonight vs. Lakeview

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger In this file photo from last week,the Eisenhower defense stops a Seneca player.

The Eisenhower football team will be facing an opponent that, according to head coach Jim Penley, “will definitely let us know where we are in the season.”

The 3-1 Knights will welcome 4-0 Lakeview to the Pasture of Pain tonight and, make no mistake, they will have a big task in front of them as they have weapons on offense virtually everywhere.

“They are very big and physical upfront and their blocking is outstanding on every level,” Penley said. “They have one of the most physical running backs in single A, and also have two of the fastest perimeter receivers in District 10.”

How big is the Lakeview line? Both tackles are 6-foot-3, 250 pounds. As a unit, they average 227 pounds and they are all experienced.

The skill position players are impressive in their own right. At quarterback is 5-9 150-pound junior Leyton Zacherl (15 of 24, 297 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions). At tailback, the Sailors have speedy 5-8, 180-pound senior Mitchell Tingley (44-460, seven touchdowns). The leading receiver is 6-0, 160-pound junior Blake Skiles ((7-188, two touchdowns).

“They have weapons everywhere on offense and are a very fast unit,” Penley said. “They are a threat to score every time they touch the ball.”

The Knights are coming off an impressive 35-6 win last week over Seneca, and would appear that they are starting to come together, having averaged almost 39 points per game in their three wins.

Eisenhower also has an accomplished set of skilled players as it returns 6-0, 175-pound senior quarterback Shawn Pascuzzi (27-49, 391 yards, seven touchdowns). He is a dangerous runner as well as he is the knights leading rusher (34-316, four TDs). Pascuzzi has a large target to throw to in 6-4 senior tight end Kris Bunk who leads the Knights with 12 receptions for 202 yards and five touchdowns.

The Sailors have become almost a mirror image of the Knights, and now run the same offense and a similar defensive scheme.

“They are very well coached and they very much run a similar team concept as we do,” Penley said. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes and they play with an attitude. It is going to be a very difficult test for us, but one that’s going to give us an idea of where we’re at as a team.”

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