Eagles roll into playoffs
OKLAHOMA CITY It wasn't always pretty, but the Eisenhower Eagles got the result they wanted and needed.
And considering where the program has come from it felt even sweeter.
Now the real fun begins.
RJ Fisher completed 12 of 14 passes for 253 yards and five touchdowns and Eisenhower beat Northwest Classen, 41-13, at Taft Stadium on Friday night in the regular season finale. The win gave the Eagles a regular season record of 5-5, the first .500 season at Ike since 2010.
Ike (5-5, 5-2 in District 5A-2) will play Altus in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Eagles knew before Friday's game they were already in the playoffs. They knew their opponent Friday had just one win on the season. But head coach Mike Burris knew his team still had business to handle in Oklahoma City.
"We wanted to get the W, and we wanted to get more kids in the game," Burris said. "We played to our competition early on is what happened."
The Eagles, known largely as a running team, leaned on the passing game for a change, and it began from the start of the game. The second play was a pop pass to Kenneth Graham for 50 yards and a touchdown just over a minute into the game.
After forcing a turnover on downs, Ike got the ball back and got back to work. A swing pass from Fisher to Graham went for 23 yards and a score. Just five offensive plays for the Eagles and 14 points on the board.
Whether it was with downfield throws or backfield pop passes, Fisher was on point. He completed all nine of his first-half passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
Seven Eagles caught passes on the night, and four caught touchdowns. Graham caught two of them and finished the game with five catches for 114 yards to go with his 60 yards rushing. Bradley Washington had three catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Tre Harris saw time at quarterback, mostly late in the game with the result already in hand. He threw a heave to Mark Berry for 20 yards and the final touchdown of the game with 6:03 left. Berry, who also had an interception from his safety position, is just one of the many receiving threats the Eagles can turn to.