Firepower back for Mac
MacArthur football coach Brett Manning thought he lost his offensive firepower from last year, but his team proved otherwise on Friday night.
The Highlanders showed off their four-pronged attack against city rival Eisenhower, racking up 531 total yards on the way to a dominating, 56-29, win at Cameron Stadium.
Needless to say, Manning is happy with the talent that's grown since spring.
"I think we've found some answers," Manning said. "Jarious McKnight has proven to be pretty explosive, and Racer (Felter) had a big coming out party. We've got talent and ways to be explosive, and it's our job as coaches to figure out how to use it."
Spearheading Mac's prolific attack was perhaps the surprise of the night to many people at the game backup quarterback Felter.
Felter had success during the scrimmages the past two weeks, but no one could've prognosticated what the sophomore did to the Eagles' defense.
Felter scored five of the Highlanders' eight touchdowns all via the ground, accumulating 138 yards rushing in the process. His scores came on runs of 23, 1, 11, 17 and 50 yards.
Manning said he created that offensive package specifically to showcase Felter's running ability, and it paid off.
"We thought we had an advantage up front, and we wanted to load the box and run our powers and counters and run him along with it," Manning said. "He's the quarterback when we go to that package, and we planned to use it a lot.
Felter, though young, showed his humble tendencies following the game, giving credit to just about everyone but himself.
"I felt good about, and I just wanted to come out and do my thing," Felter said. "The (offensive) line and my receivers did a great job blocking for me, and coach Manning called a heck of a game. I expected our offense to do what it did, and I think we showed people we are the real deal.
"When (the coaches) called my number, the offensive line did a great job opening up holes for me, and they did a fabulous job of getting me to where I needed to be."
Felter wasn't the only player to have success rushing the ball.
Senior running back Nick Mahan picked up where Teddy Thomas left off, showing his ability to shuck tacklers to get to the open field, rushing for a game-high 212 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.