MACARTHUR NOTEBOOK/Week 4
“He just had a super game. Four pancake blocks is a big deal; that doesn’t happen very often.”
MAC FOOTBALL COACH TALKING ABOUT PLAY OF TACKLE COLTON GILPEN
MacArthur's football team picked up its first trophy of the season when the Highlanders were presented the General's Trophy signifying them as the 2014 city champions after beating both Lawton High and Eisenhower.
The trophy, which is sponsored by The Lawton Constitution and Clear Channel Broadcasting, was presented to the team by Constitution Sports Editor Joey Goodman. The Highlanders have now claimed the title four times since it was started in 2006, equalling the Wolverines' total. Eisenhower put its name on the traveling trophy first but since then the other two schools have dominated.
The award will stay in the Mac trophy case for one year, unless the Highlanders can claim it again next fall. Mac could also keep the trophy a second year in the event of a three-way tie, which has not happened yet in the short history of the award.
Mac coach Brett Manning says the video of last week's 55-29 victory over Eisenhower showed a good many positive points, but a few areas that need to be improved before the tough part of the district schedule arrives.
The offensive line graded out as a lofty 90.4 percent, best thus far in the first three games. Against Clinton the line graded 84 percent, then in the win over LHS that group graded at 88 percent.
"When your line is blocking that well and you can get 4, 5 or 6 yards a carry, it's pretty easy to move the football," Manning said. "We ran 88 plays against Ike and that's about 10 or 12 more than we have normally been running. You get to that point when your defense is playing well and getting a lot of three and outs. People normally think about the faster tempo when you are throwing the ball, but the other night we were just getting the ball set and snapping it quick and still getting good yardage."