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Altus thinking back to what might have been

Oh, what might have been.

Altus nearly upset No. 2 MacArthur at Hightower Stadium last week, refusing to succumb until Walter Neil intercepted Altus quarterback Jayden Benway's Hail Mary pass with time expiring.

Mac won, 28-26, but trailed at halftime and was outgained on offense 429 yards to 299. Altus (3-2, 1-1) can make the it would have won had it not fumbled seven times argument as well.

It was a moral victory, even though most players and coaches hate that word.

"I told them I was proud of them and proud of their fight, their heart, the way they played the game. I told them it was going to hurt," Altus coach Jeremy Reed said of his postgame speech to players. "The good thing is it means something to them. I told them, if this doesn't prove you deserve to play with anybody that lands on our schedule, then nothing will.

"MacArthur has a great team. Everybody knows how great that team is. I think if you take those fumbles away it would've been an eye-opening victory everyone takes notice to."

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