MacArthur rolls to victory in El Reno
EL RENO MacArthur coach Brett Manning knew his team's offense would put up points, but he didn't anticipate the amount of success it enjoyed.
It Highlanders (3-2, 2-0) could seemingly do no wrong, racking up 826 yards of offense on the way to a 64-35 win over El Reno at Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
"I don't think you ever really think you can do that against a quality team," Manning said. "The biggest thing is our offensive coaches did is a good job of mixing stuff up. We were in and out of different personnel groupings with the run and the pass we even had a few trick plays in there.
"I felt like we had them on their heels all night long with how we mixed up all of our stuff."
Leading the way for Mac was quarterback Racer Felter.
Felter completed 17 of 25 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns in a game that featured 1,388 combined offensive yards. He also rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
The sophomore said he woke up with a feeling he and the Highlanders would have a special night.
"I thought everything was going to click, and that's exactly what it did," Felter said. "My offense really did something special tonight and helped me to have a great game."
Felter's touchdown passes came on throws of 73, 40 and 65 yards all to Jarious McKnight. The 73-yarder came on a flea flicker on only the second play of the game.
Despite the preseason hype surrounding the receiver, McKnight managed only 180 yards receiving and one touchdown on 19 receptions through the first four games. Unfortunately for the Indians, his breakout performance finally came.
The senior finished with 270 yards receiving on only seven catches, a whopping 38.57 yards per catch.
McKnight said he knew if he kept working hard despite the early struggles, the desired results would come.
"I felt like I was running my routes harder this week," McKnight said. "I've been practicing really hard, and I just want to thank my quarterback for throwing good passes.
"I thought we threw the ball a lot tonight. The past few games, we were throwing the ball, but tonight was just a big night for me."
Although Felter and McKnight teamed up for some staggering numbers, the pair was a shoestring away from connecting for one more scoring play.
After the defense came up with a stop at its own 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter, Felter went deep and found a wide-open McKnight down the left sideline. McKnight looked to be well on his way to tacking on a 99-yard score, but a pesky El Reno defender tripped him up at the Indians' 11.