Eisenhower football: New program sets its goals
For Eisenhowers first-year football team, there is no past to build on. Instead, coach Charlie Nally and his team will be responsible for writing Eisenhowers history.
All focus for this season falls on one thing: setting the pace for years to come.
Were going to establish all of our tradition, everything we do is new, Nally said. Thats why its exciting for the coaching staff, because its a blank sheet, what we do is what we build off of.
The work ethic is going to be elevated, and if you do that, the winning tradition will come.
Nally coached Goddard before moving to the new school. Five starters from last years combined Goddard team are at Eisenhower.
The thing is, (Eisenhowers opponents) dont know what to expect from us because its all new, Nally said. They can look at what they did last year at Goddard, but thats not what were going to do at Eisenhower.
Eisenhowers offense will combine Trevor Hughes at quarterback, Dylan Thompson at running back and Jacob Richardson at receiver, for a speed-dependent scoring approach.
Were running a spread offense using skill people as much as possible and using quickness up front, Nally said. For the linemen, were not huge, so were not a power-type attack. Were using more finesse than speed and power.
On defense, Nally plans to rely on defensive ends Masen Allen and Austin Gold, two seniors that played for Goddard last year.
Im going to try to set an example on and off the field; go hard every play and have the freshmen follow my lead, Allen said. Id like to be only a sophomore or a junior.
However, with a young, new team, Nally and his players do not know what to expect from themselves.
Were pretty evened out, Nally said. Were going to have to play a little more iron-man football until we get some young players that can step up and do the job.
Establishing winning traditions this season will depend on the 14 seniors, but continuing will be the responsibility of the rest of Eisenhowers young team.
Its more than just wearing a different uniform, Allen said. Its starting a whole-new football program and the traditions that we set will be carried out for a while so I will be proud to be a part of that.