Safety sparks undefeated Utica Eisenhower

Utica Eisenhower defeated Sterling Heights Stevenson 23-3 Friday night to remain undefeated at 9-0. The performance of 6-foot-2, 194-pound fullback-safety Dan Riddock is among the reasons for coach Bob Lantzy's undefeated team's enormous success.

"We've had a good team," Riddock said. "We've been playing better from last year. We've had some good leadership from this team.."

From his own individual standpoint, ""I'm doing a lot better this season. I'm playing offense, too. I worked hard over the summer trying to get better," he said

His play at safety has played no small role in leading Eisenhower to undefeated success.

"They want me on pass coverage and tackling," Riddock said. "I think tackling is one of my strengths."

From his fullback spot, "I'm doing a lot of blocking and helping out in passing and running," he said. ‘Our offensive line is doing a good job. It's pretty solid."

If the Eagles defeat Fraser at home next Saturday, Eisenhower will finish at 9-0. It's a marked improvement from last year's 7-2 regular-season performance. Eisenhower finished the playoffs at 1-1.

"It's hard to go 9-0 considering the league we're in," Riddock said, referring to the Macomb Area Conference. "You have to be a good team."

After the regular season is over, Eisenhower will focus on its goal to win a state title.

"At the beginning of the season, we have one goal and that was to win a state championship," Riddock said. "That's what we're thinking about as we got into every game."

Riddock is hoping to gain looks from various colleges this year. Mid-American Conference schools on the Division I level are possibilities, along with Ferris State in Division 2.

"I'm getting stronger and faster," he said. "The college ranks is a much different level."

For now, Riddock and his teammates are undefeated and hoping to stay that way.

"I think we're very balanced in our attack," Lantzy said. "Stevenson was 5-2 coming into this game. We have our share of challenges ahead of us."

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