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Felter's scoring run gives Mac big boost

Once Racer Felter found the gap, there was no stopping him.

The sophomore might be a backup quarterback, but no defender could catch Felter as he wove his way 39 yards for a touchdown at Cameron Stadium on Thursday night. Felter's run was the only score of the 20-minute running clock simulated game, giving the Highlanders a 7-0 advantage over defending Class 5A champion and preseason No. 1 Carl Albert. 

Mac also met 6A-I foe Mustang in a simulated game, battling to a scoreless draw. Earlier, the three teams held rapid-fire sessions as the coaches worked to put the final touches on their teams before the season openers.

"It was a designed run, but the offensive line did a really great job of opening up a hole for me to run through," Felter said of the scoring play. "Beating a team like that, that we've constantly went against and that's so good gets us some momentum going now, and it'll be good for us starting the season next week."

The score was the finishing touch to a methodical 90-yard drive that came thanks to a dominant performance on the ground from running back Nick Mahan.

Mahan picked up only six yards on the Highlanders' initial drive of the scrimmage, but he wasn't satisfied. 

The senior picked up 38 of his 73 yards on that scoring drive, tallying two runs of 10 or more yards in the process. He had no such runs against McGuinness, managing only 28 yards on eight carries.

Mahan said things just felt better this time around, thanks in large to the return of lineman Isaiah Passi.

"We got our right guard back who was out last week, and he really helped out opening holes for me," Mahan said.

MacArthur head coach Brett Manning said he was not surprised with Mahan's success running the ball.

"He's a hard-nosed runner, and he's going to hit his holes like he's supposed to," Manning said. "He's a competitor, and I think we'll see that all year long."

Mahan did not carry the ball against Mustang.

Perhaps the biggest performance, though, came from the Highlanders' defense.

Despite a slow start in the rapid-fire portion of the scrimmage, Mac showed tremendous imMac showed tremendous improvement from its outing against McGuinness, where the starters gave up touchdown runs of 59 and 60 yards.

The Lawton Constitution

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