Disappointing finish for Macomb Dakota

Bill Eisenhardt was hoping for a long and prosperous playoff season for Macomb Dakota, Now that those dreams have been dashed, Eisenhardt will now be investing in what he hopes will be a prosperous collegiate career.

Macomb Dakota started off the season 5-0 but then lost their final four in the regular season.

"We haven't played up to our potential," the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Eisenhardt said prior to Friday's playoff game at New Baltimore-Anchor Bay. "I think we can go far in the playoffs. I like our chances even though we've lost four straight."

But Macomb Dakota lost 21-10 to New Baltimore Anchor Bay Friday night for an early exit from the playoffs.

It was a disappointing ending for a team that was 11-2 last year and returning 39 seniors. The 5-0 start added to the team's high hopes for state title contention.

Eisenhardt's career is far from over for the Macomb Dakota's standout offensive right tackle-defensive nose tackle.

"Offense is my best position right now," he said. "From what my coaches tell me, I have good feet and quick hands, which helps me on the line."

As a nose tackle, Eisenhardt was counted upon heavily by his team to make key plays.

"My role was stuffing up the middle and also getting to the quarterback on the pass attempt," he said.

Eisenhardt is zeroing in on a college career. Bowling Green is looking at the Macomb Dakota lineman, so is defending national Division 2 champion Grand Valley.

"I'm hoping to go Division I. But Grand Valley is a good school, too," he said. "I'll play wherever my college team wants me."

Eisenhardt said he's especially effective on rushing offense. But before he can embark on a successful college career, Eisenhardt realizes he has a lot of work ahead of him.

"I have to put on a lot of weight and get quicker," he said. "I'll work on my speed and put in a lot of off-season work. I'll try to improve on the little stuff and get faster."


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