It would easy to just push ourselves back from the table and forget last Friday, but what the MacArthur Highlanders did against Clinton was pretty impressive.
Heading on the road to a traditionally tough place to play against the No. 1 team in Class 4A made the buildup to kickoff quite the box of butterflies.
And though the Highlanders were the No. 2 team in Class 5A going in, there were plenty around the area who thought they had just lost too much from last year's team to be successful off the bat.
"It's a motivator to an extent," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "We are pretty motivated anyway every year regardless if we have great talent or not so much talent, we're going to do as good a job as players and coaches to be the best that we can be."
With a 28-14 win under their belt, the Highlanders came home and looked over the tape and saw a lot of things they were very happy with.
"I think without even having to watch film the fact was reinforced that we really like these kids," Manning said. "They really play hard, they are coachable, they do everything we ask them to do."