MACARTHUR NOTEBOOK/Week 5
Adjusting on the fly
Give credit to the MacArthur players, coaches, trainers, band, cheerleaders and fans for not missing a beat and handling the quick move to Ron Stephens Stadium last Thursday without any major disruptions.
Head coach Brett Manning learned at 4:30 p.m. around just 2 1/2 hours before kickoff that Cameron Stadium would not be available and he quickly made a few calls and the wheels were put in motion to move everyone to the old stadium.
"It was nothing really, our kids didn't let the change affect them at all and went out there and executed and did just what we wanted to do," Manning said. "We wanted to just take care of ourselves and run the offense and not make mistakes and for the most part we did just that."
While this writer spotted a few Lawton High School players slip down on the natural grass surface during their win over Putnam City West Friday night at Ron Stephens Stadium, the Highlanders said they had no issues with footing.
"The surface at Cameron is made to use the same shoes you wear on grass fields, so our kids didn't have to change anything," Manning said. "We didn't have anyone slip down that I was aware of."
The players seemed to enjoy the change.
"I love natural grass; that's my favorite surface," Mac quarterback Will Collins said. "It's softer and it just feels good to run on it. I would rather play on grass but we'll play wherever they tell us. We just have to adjust and handle anything that comes up. You can't let little things like that affect the way you play."