Mac throttles Duncan in key District 5A-1 matchup
DUNCAN On Monday afternoon, MacArthur head coach Brett Manning said that stopping the run game of Duncan was going to be critical to beating the Demons on their home turf.
Consider it mission accomplished.
In MacArthur's 15-0 win on Friday night in Halliburton Stadium, the Highlanders held Duncan to just 61 rushing yards, 40 yards less than its 107 per-game average. The Demons did it by plugging up the middle and playing good assignment football against Duncan's option attack.
"We got more than we wanted from our defense, they did an outstanding job," Manning said. "Duncan is a top notch program, they are extremely well coached and they play very hard. For our defense to come in and play the way they did is amazing."
Though the Demons did manage 10 first downs, they couldn't get the ball inside the MacArthur 20, holding off every Duncan effort to get the defense to break.
"I think it worked for two reasons: Our defensive coaching staff with Max Plunk, Leo Holmes and Mike Reffett came up with a great game plan and our kids played really hard," Manning said.