Duncan, Mac meet tonight
Preparing for all of MacArthur's vast offensive plays is a challenge for any team, but cut out a full day of practice and the job becomes even more of an issue and that's just what Duncan will face when the two long-time rivals battle tonight in a key District 5A-1 battle at Cameron Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The game is important for both teams as they try to nail down a playoff berth, with Mac owning a 2-0 mark (Northwest Classen and Altus and Duncan coming in at 1-1 after beating Chickasha and losing to Del City.
While there is little doubt Duncan is battle tested after facing powerhouse 5A programs Guthrie, Shawnee and Carl Albert over the first three weeks of the season, facing Mac on a Thursday offers a great many challenges for the Demons.
"Duncan has played some good teams, so their players should have gained some valuable experience," Mac coach Brett Manning said. "They have a good defense and they use a lot of different offensive schemes. We have to maintain our concentration on both sides of the ball to make the right reads and then execute.
"We feel like we have some things will work against their defense, but the guys have to make sure they are fundamentally sound and just run the plays like we've run them all season. We've played some good teams as well Clinton may be a little down this year but they still have a great program with tradition, Lawton High has a great program, Ike has really improved so those three games helped our players improve a great deal as well."
One thing that Mac has is great speed at the key positions, notably wide out and in the secondary. Four members of Mac's state championship 800-meter relay team are on the team and they've shown an ability to make plays all over the field, be it chasing down a runner in the open or running under the ball on a deep post pattern.