Pigskin Preview: Eisenhower Panthers

Eisenhower graduated one of their deepest and most successful senior classes in school history last year. Replacing that production is the top priority for the Panthers.



School: Eisenhower High School

Mascot: Panthers

Head Coach: Drew Wagers

Years at School: 4 years (Head Coach)

Record at School: 17-23

Overall Record: 17-23

Assistant Coach(es): Doug Smith, Bryson Taylor, Tom Beller, Tim Seider, Kevin Hale

Last Years Conference Record: 6-3

Last Year’s Overall Record: 7-4

Postseason: 2nd Round Playoff Loss to Peoria High School

2016 Team Scoring Average: 40 points per Game

2016 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 35 points per Game

2016 Team Yards Allowed Per Game:

2016 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Passing:

2016 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing:

School State Championships: None

School Conference Championships: 2

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: Decatur MacArthur

Number of Players out this season: 75

Number of returning letterman: 15

Number of returning starters:

Offense: 1

Defense: 1


Top Returnees from 2016: (Position & Stats)




  Position            Name                           Ht            Wt        Year              Stats


QB                   Matt Skeffington          5’10     190      Sr.

WR                  Shalin Bond                 5’9       160      Sr.

WR                  Joseph McKinley         6’0       180      Sr.

WR                  Antonio Ausin             5’9       170      Sr.

RB                   Jorden Dennis             6’0       175      Jr.

OL                    James Outlaw             6’2       300      Sr




        Position                       Name                           Ht            Wt                Year              Stats


LB                    Jakob Davis                             6’0       195                  Sr.

C                      Joseph McKinley                     6’0       180                  Sr.

S                      Shalin Bond                             5’9       160                  Sr.

DT                    Daniel Morford                       6’0       185                  Sr.

DT                    James Outlaw                         6’2       300                  Sr.


Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Matt Skeffington (QB) – Very athletic with a strong arm

Jordan Dennis (RB)- Very quick and explosive

Shaylin Bond (WR)- Quick off the line with great hands

Antonio Austin (WR)- Very athletic with great hands

Joseph McKinley (WR)- Fast with great hands and vision

Julian Coleman (LB)- Very strong and great instincts for the football

Daniel Morford (SS)- Smart and instinctive on the field


What type of offense can we expect to see in 2017?

Up Tempo-Try to score as fast as we can.

What type of defense can we expect to see in 2017?

Fast and physical defense that causes turnovers.

What will your team do well?

Offensively we should throw the ball well.

Defensively we should have great team speed.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2017 season?

The biggest question mark will be how well the defense is going to play this year. We gave up a lot of points last year. Can some of the new comers step up on defense and execute when we need them to.

What’s something about this team worth noting?

This year’s team will be fun and exciting to watch. I think a lot of people will be impressed with the new guys filling some key roles this year.

Head Coach Drew Wagers says: 

Looking forward to the upcoming 2017 season. GO PANTHERS!