August 21, 2007

Eisenhower's resurgence in full force

In the mid-90's, there was no team in the Houston area that was more feared that the Eisenhower Eagles. Hailing from the heart of the Aldine school district, Eisenhower consistently made deep playoff runs in the class 5A Division I bracket.

However, times have changed for the north Houston school. The emergence of nearby Westfield High School as a football power seems to have left the Eagles short on talent. Combine that with years of coaching turnover and you have a program that has struggled for the past few years.

Last season, Eisenhower finished with a disappointing 3-7 record, although a 3-4 record in district 19-5A play had the Eagles barely missing out on the playoffs.

This year, however, brings much higher hopes for the once proud Eisenhower football team. The seniors and juniors are both very strong classes and that leaves head coach Darryl Phipps very optimistic about his team's play in 2007.

One of the better athletes on the Eisenhower team is senior Darius Willis. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Willis started the 2006 season at quarterback before an injury held him out a few games. When he came back, he ended up playing a number of other positions. Phipps said that it is players like Willis that exemplify this team.

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