Tigers gain experience, confidence early on
Photos by Noah Merrell
Sophomore Kaden Roy tries to break a long run in the game against Maize in early September. "Playing on varsity is a really good experience because nothing beats Friday night games," he said. (Below) Seniors Kensey Arlt and Tanner Congleton lead the student section during the Eisenhower vs Maize football game. "I always wanted to have a flag at the games," Arlt said. "Now that we have one, I use it to get the crowd excited."
The football team broke into the win column by beating Newton on the road 40-27 last Friday.
“Every single phase of the game played very well,” head coach Marc Marinelli said. “Special teams scored and the defense and offensive line had their best game of the season.”
Senior quarterback William (Mason) Madzey threw for three touchdowns in the win against the Railers.
“We came into the game more focused and prepared,” he said.
Eisenhower also benefited from two huge performances from freshman Parker Wenzel and sophomore Kaden Roy.
Wenzel had two rushing touchdowns and Roy had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown which blew the game wide open.
Madzey’s favorite target in the game was junior wide receiver Tanner King who caught two of Madzey’s three touchdowns.
“Tanner had an awesome game,” Marinelli said.
Overall, the first win of the season for the Tigers showed what they can be at their best.
However, the season did not start with the Tigers playing their best football.
They started the season 0-2, with losses to Derby and Maize.
“There are still some growing pains,” Marinelli said. “We are a really young team.”
Madzey was knocked out of the first game of the season against Derby with a shoulder injury and the defense could not stop the Panther’s talented offense, which resulted in Eisenhower losing against the defending 6A state champs.
Against Maize, the Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead behind a new-look shotgun offense and an opportunistic defense.
However, the team’s offensive and defensive line struggled and Eisenhower lost to the Eagles to drop its record to 0-2.
“There are some positives we can take from the losses, but they are still losses at the end of the day,” junior defensive back Evan Ellingson said.
Starting the season 0-2 made the win against Newton critical because the Tigers play their arch rival Goddard and could ill afford going into that game 0-3.
“I think all the adversity has made us closer as a team,” Marinelli said. “It will pay off as the season goes on.”
Photo by Ahlyia Al-Birekdar
Head coach Marc Marinelli discusses the Maize game with senior quarterback William (Mason) Madzey.
Video clip by Austin Antoldi