MACARTHUR NOTEBOOK/Week 3
Gunning for the city title
For the past several years MacArthur and Lawton High have battled for the city football championship, however, this year the title may very well be decided when the Highlanders battle Eisenhower Friday at Cameron Stadium.
The last time Ike and Mac met with the General's Trophy on the line was 2008, but with Mac beating Lawton High last week, that gives the Highlanders a path to the title by beating Ike this week.
However, Lawton High is still not out of the picture and could actually keep the trophy for another year if there is a three-way tie after the city games. That could happen only if the Eagles beat Mac, then the Wolverines beat Ike when they battle on Oct. 16.
"For our kids the city championship is a big thing, but our main goal is to just keep improving and getting ready for district," Mac coach Brett Manning said. "The game with Lawton was just what we expected, a battle of two good football teams. That's the nature of our program to schedule tough games early as a means to get ready for district.
"We try to get a tough first game, and while Clinton was a little down this year, they still gave us a challenge. Then we get into the city schedule and we know most years that those two games are going to be very tough for us. This year Ike has a lot of excellent players and they are very much improved even from their first scrimmage. That's what athletics is all about, improving each week."
Many big plays
The LHS-Mac game had a host of big plays on both sides but the obvious one from the Mac defensive side was the final play of the game where Lawton High was trying to use backup quarterback Chris Jones on a throwback pass.
As soon as Jones stepped on the field the Mac coaches and players sensed that something might be up, so when LHS quarterback Jack Meservy handed the ball off to Jones, several Mac defenders converged on him but it was senior end Trey Everette who knocked the ball free and ended all hopes for the Wolverines.