Against Duncan on Friday night, the MacArthur Highlanders finally got what they wanted and then some from their defense to secure the No. 2 spot in the district standings.
In all, Duncan was able to only get 116 combined yards on 61 plays. Pretty impressive considering that the Demons were a pretty good running team.
"That was by far the best this year and one of the best I have seen period in my time back here since 2005," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "I was really pleased with our defense against Duncan last year, so we watched that film and I made it point to our players to look at the intensity that they were giving."
Manning attributes the intensity shown on Friday to the gravity of the game and the impact of it being a rivalry affair.
"I think it was the fact we were really up, really ready to play," Manning said. "Another thing is we really challenged them. We told our team all week long that our success depends on between the tackles. I think that the defensive line and the linebackers took that personally and played with great intensity the whole game."
Before the season started, the Highlanders were unsure of who the defensive line was going to comprise of this season.