MacArthur’s Cummings earns start at linebacker
MacArthur is like most high school programs, when possible it tries to limit the number of players going on both sides of the ball, to keep them fresh, however, when a player comes up with a great effort it's hard for the coaches to not notice.
After an impressive effort in last week's big victory over Clinton, senior Jace Cummings has earned himself a starting job at outside linebacker for the Highlanders, a position that he feels confident he can handle against the best teams in the state.
And, his first big opportunity to prove his value to the program comes Friday night at Cameron Stadium when the Highlanders collide with city rival Lawton High School in one of the state's most-anticipated matchups. The Wolverines come in ranked No. 4 in Class 6A and MacArthur is No. 5 in Class 4A and that should be more than enough to fill up just about every inch of Cameron Stadium when game time arrives Friday at 7 p.m.
"I didn't play defense last week but they've moved me into outside linebacker for this week's game," Cummings said before the team hit the field for a busy Tuesday practice. "I'm excited about getting the opportunity. I think I can use my strength and quickness to get the job done and help our defense. I'm a pretty aggressive player; I love the contact that comes with football. The hitting is something I've always loved.
"Our entire defense is aggressive. We've played together for five or six years and we all know how to chase the football and wrap up and make tackles. The coaches have really been stressing the fundamentals and we want to come up with a great defensive effort this week because we know how important this game is. We know that Lawton is a good team but we're not intimidated by them. We feel that if we play up to our potential we can play with any team in the state."
Cummings also knows that just because he's playing defense, he can't let up on offense because he also has a critical on offense because he also has a critical role on that side of the ball.
"I'm the halfback (H-back), which in our offense is a position where I am the one who has to make that first block on the corner, or I may have to make a block on the back side to cut off pursuit. On our jet sweeps I have to do my job or the play probably isn't going to work. I know what is expected of me and I will try my best on every play to execute the plays like the coaches want."