In a grinding game pitting two of the area's best, Maize South's defense proved to be too much for Eisenhower as the Mavs shut out the Tigers 10-0 Friday night.
Maize South caused six turnovers in the win, giving them 11 over the past two games following a game where defense was the story in their win over Andover Central.
Ike's defense got things started, forcing Maize South into a long field goals try after the Mavs milked more than seven minutes off the clock on the game's opening drive just to force the turnover on downs. But Maize South turned things around just three plays later with Colby Herrman jumping the Collin Mackey for the first turnover of the night.
Maize South turned the ensuing drive into three points, then after a punt the Mavs punched in the game's lone touchdown, a catch and run from Mason Edwards to make it a 10-0 game.
The rest of the contest was all defense, but both teams had their chances. Eisenhower's first two drives of the second half got them deep into Maize South territory, but each drive ended with junior linebacker Brandon Bowles coming up with the ball for the Maverick defense. A bad exchange fell his way for a fumble recovery, then the next drive Bowles came up with a pick to kill another Eisenhower chance.
Then in the fourth quarter, the Mavs came up with interceptions on three straight drives. The first two were courtesy of Tysaac Noland, ending two more drives where the Tigers were in Maverick territory, then Trevion Mitchell put an exclamation point on the win with an INT with under a minute to go.
Maize South remains undefeated with the win, now 6-0 entering a matchup against Goddard next Friday. The Lions, without QB Kyler Semrad, dropped their fourth straight game to Valley Center Friday night. Eisenhower will look to respond to the loss with a second straight road game, this time at Newton.