Lightning plays havoc in Eagles’ battle
WOODWARD Like they have the past few weeks, Eisenhower started hot and was having to hold on to their lead by the skin of their teeth.
This time, it was Mother Nature who stepped in the Eagles' way of victory.
At 9:33 p.m., with 10:31 left in the game, a lightning delay was put in effect during the game between Eisenhower and Woodward at Boomer Stadium Friday night. Eisenhower held a 36-28 lead at the delay.
On the first offensive play of the game, quarterback RJ Fisher took off for an 80-yard run that ended in the end zone. He then showed off his arm by hitting Tre Harris on a pass for the 2-point conversion.
With an 8-0 lead, Fisher displayed the versatility that has made him so valuable to the Eagles. On 2nd-and-9 on Eisenhower's 16, Woodward quarterback Colton Cox threw a pass toward the sideline. The attempt was intercepted by Fisher from his strong safety position. Fisher broke free of would-be tacklers and then scampered down the sideline for a 90-yard return for the touchdown.
With a 15-0 lead, the Eagles appeared to have held Woodward to a field goal, putting their boot on the collective throats of the Boomer team. But an Eisenhower player leapt over the line of scrimmage and the ensuing 15-yard penalty gave the Boomers new life. Three plays later, Sladyn Covalt ran three yards for the touchdown to cut the deficit to eight.
Ike responded positively though, with a heavy dose of Kenneth Graham. The senior running back had three carries for 71 yards of the four-play, 77-yard drive, capping it off with a 57-yard bolt up the middle for the touchdown to put Ike back up 15.
But another Ike miscue put the game in jeopardy once again. An innocent-looking swing pass from Fisher to Graham was bobbled and dropped behind the line of scrimmage. Ruled a fumble, Woodward's Blake Alexander jumped on the loose ball and galloped 80 yards for the score.
Fisher and Graham led the Eagles down the field just before halftime and Fisher ran it in from 21 yards out with 40 seconds left in the half to send Ike to the locker room with a 29-14 lead.
Both teams came into the match-up wanting to run the ball and lived up to that billing. Combined, the teams only completed 3-of-13 passes. Woodward ran for 177 yards before the weather delay and Ike racked up 283 yards on the ground, all from Fisher and Graham.