Mac, Ike clash in city headliner
One month ago almost all the talk around Lawton prep football circles was in anticipation of the MacArthur-Lawton High game, with hardly a murmur of Eisenhower being tossed around.
But, with MacArthur beating LHS last Friday in a 35-33 thriller and Eisenhower routing 5A's No. 7 Del City, 40-13, suddenly all eyes are fixated on tonight's Mac-Ike game that has all the makings of another city classic.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium, with Mac serving as the host and occupying the north, or press box side, bleachers. And, if the weather cooperates and the rain holds off, it could be a huge crowd that turns out to see these two city rivals go head to head.
Part of the excitement centers around the two explosive offenses led by veteran senior quarterbacks who will be on display. For Mac it's Will Collins, a great athlete who can run as well as any quarterback the city has produced since Adrian McDonald was running the Eagle Gun option a few years back. Collins' running was a key to a pair of early touchdowns that sparked the win over LHS.
For Ike the trigger man is Bentley Bross, one of the top two passers in the state with 722 yards in just two games. His favorite target has been Rico Bussey but the Eagles have several other quality receivers including David Madigan and even running back Mookie Douglas who can take a short pass and turn it into a big gainer on any snap.
"We have been impressed with the way Ike is playing," Mac coach Brett Manning said. "The thing we have noticed is how much this Ike team has improved since we first saw them in a scrimmage before the season. That's what makes a great team, the ability to improve every day in practice and that is just what Ike is doing. You've got to give Coach (Danny) Edelman a great deal of credit. He's changed their attitudes over there and he has instilled a great deal of confidence in those players."
Edelman says the improvement is based on improved execution.
"It's just a matter of, I think, execution," he said. "We hope to be able to remain consistent, that's one of the main things. Take care of the football. For us, it's four basic things.