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October 5, 2009
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.
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.
?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.
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 10-7.?
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 Friday.