MacArthur rolls Duncan, 56-14
When Duncan's Trenton Bell exploded through the heart of MacArthur's defense for an 83-yard touchdown run on its first series, Highlander coach Brett Manning couldn't help but have a sharp pain run down his spine, something that comes from his memory of last year's wild 71-56 slugfest between these same two clubs.
But, the Highlanders bounced right back to score the next 49 points to earn a convincing 56-14 victory in District 5A-1 action at Cameron Stadium.
"When he broke that touchdown I thought, 'here we go again,'" Manning said. "It was just like last year and then last week when Altus took that first possession and scored on us. But our defense settled down and played super the rest of the way."
Duncan did manage 230 yards of total offense but 83 of that came on the one long run by Bell and the rest of the game they managed to get into Mac territory just three more times, the final scoring drive capped by a short Bell run against a mixture of Mac's second and third defense.
Against the Mac starters, that lone early drive was the only successful thrust.
"We knew when they got into that 2-tight (end) set that we wanted to play aggressive but not let them get anything outside," defensive ringleader Connor Cherry said. "The guys up front did a good job getting off blocks and getting into the backfield and disrupting plays all night. I thought we played really well."
The Mac offense also did its part as quarterback Will Collins had another stellar outing, throwing for 317 yards and three touchdowns, catching a halfback pass from Deion James for another and running for another score.
The biggest play was an 88-yard bomb from Collins to Lorenzo West in the final minute of the third quarter with the Highlanders backed up deep in their own territory. Collins dropped back and got amazing protection and then hurled a deep strike in the direction of the speedy West.