It has been a long time since Eisenhower has seen the winning glory days of the 90’s. The hiring of Varsity Head Football Coach Brown is the hope that those days are around the corner. In our interview with coach brown this summer he laid out a program that brought back the student athlete culture that many past Eisenhower graduates remember. Eisenhower boys Varsity Football 2-8 overall they split the two preseason games and won only one game against local rival Rialto High School. (See highlights below)
The game against Rialto High was a great game that really highlighted Eisenhower’s strengths. Eisenhower would suffer some injuries that would prove to make the remaining regular season difficult. Loosing their starting center and some other players to season ending injuries would be the beginning of a ruff season for Eisenhower High School. As Eisenhower prepared to face off against power house football team from Redlands School Citrus Valley High School learning to use back up players in a role as important as center would prove to be too much.
Eisenhower Star wide receivers and running back would prove to have some break out moments but Citrus Valley’s offense would prove to be too much for Eisenhower’s defense. Another constant throughout the season was the officiating crew as Eisenhower had to play against each opponent and the referees. Bad call after bad call seemed that the refs had a personal vendetta against Eisenhower. It wasn’t just one game it was every single game.
Cajon was a different beast and Lamario Howard had some replay worthy plays returning a kickoff for a touchdown and laying down some timely hits on defense. One thing that seemed to keep our players out of closing the gap in the 2nd half was the fact that some of the best players were playing both ways.
Eisenhower played AB Miller with much of the same results……
It was clear that Redlands is doing something right because even though their city is split three ways with three separate high schools they have teams that compete at the highest levels and win. Redlands high players were all bigger and stronger than Eisenhower players and at time drug our defensive players for additional yards as they tried to tackle them.
The game against Carter was played at Rialto High as Eisenhower’s field was closed for use. Eisenhower hoped to at least claim the city bragging rights for this season with a win against Carter. This proved to be a unreachable goal as Eisenhower lost to Carter as well. One bright spot in the 2nd half was the emergence of freshman QB Cesar Ayala taking over the helm from his senior cousin Joel Ayala he preformed well and showed some great promise. We also saw a few more freshman get some serious time in this game showing us what a developing team Eisenhower should be bringing to the field next season.
The final game of the season ended like the others but we were able to see how our future players will pick up next season. Freshman QB Cesar Ayala started the final game and his cousin the senior QB Joel Ayala came in to run some wildcat plays trying to throw off the highly developed Yucaipa High players. Yucaipa had twice as many players on their roster than Eisenhower showing that they were one of the last true football towns in the Inland Empire.
One thing that rang true was Coach Brown’s dedication to developing his players and making sure they learned as much as they could from their time on and off the field. It seems to be translating into a great run at next season with coach brown already working on developing his team for next season. Word around campus is that administration is happy to have coach Brown and his staff and can’t wait to see what nest season has in store. Other notable standouts this season were Nick Freeman at WR and Charles Matthews at RB.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Eisenhower football.