Eagles run by No. 4 Highlanders, 41-18, in District 5A-2
The MacArthur bag of tricks just came up a few too short.
Opening District 5A-2 play on Thursday night against Del City, the Highlanders had two big trick plays turn into touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles piled on touchdowns late in the game to beat Mac, 41-18, in Cameron Stadium.
Mac now stands at 2-2, 0-1 in district play while Del City improves to 2-2, 1-0 in district play.
The Highlanders were down by as many as 18 points early on as the Eagles showed their speed and the athletic ability of Corey Lawrence to their advantage.
"He's a good player, a lot of them are," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "Just look at them. We have very few guys that look like any of them. It's just one of those deals where I think they are the best team in our district and we will regroup next week and try to get on the right path."
After falling well behind Mac decided to use a little trickery to get back on the board, and it worked very well.
Ricky McCarty connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Miguel Rosario and a 75-yard touchdown pass to Gary McKnight, both on flea-flicker reverse passes that caught Del City trying to figure out just who had the ball around the line of scrimmage, letting the wide receivers find air outside.
The second of those touchdowns to McKnight with :25 left in the third quarter, pulled the game within three points at 21-18.