Cherry thriving as high-energy defender
If anyone ever develops an RPM meter for humans, the ideal person to test it out on would be MacArthur senior defensive end/linebacker Connor Cherry because according to those around him, he's full-speed all the time.
"Connor's motor runs wide open all the time; in the summer, during practice, at games..." Mac coach Brett Manning said. "You can't help but admire the amount of energy he puts into everything he does. He's the leader of this defensive unit and he just does a great job out there day in, day out."
While Cherry may not be getting much action on his side of the field because of his tenacity, that doesn't mean he's not busy on every play.
"Teams try and run away from me some but on every play I have to get us ready for the next play," the 6-2, 215-pound defender said. "Most times the first call, which is the basic formation, is all I have to make because we have the advantage of having good enough athletes that if we do make a wrong call, we have guys who can make up ground and still get there to make the play."
Last week the Mac defense did give up a couple of big plays to Lawton High, but still managed to hang on and pull out a wild 35-33 victory.
The keys were obvious to Cherry.
"I thought our defensive front line did a super job keeping those guys under control," he said. "Their offensive line is one of the best in the state but our guys held their own and it allowed the rest of us to get to the ball and make plays. We are really mobile and that quickness is what helped make the difference against Lawton."
The biggest play of the game for the Mac defense was the last one where the defensive end on the opposite side of Cherry senior Trey Everette stripped the ball from LHS backup quarterback Chris Jones, stopping any chance of a Wolverine comeback.
It was a great effort but Cherry didn't even get to see what happened.