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MACARTHUR NOTEBOOK /Week 3

Week 2 Recap

MacArthur suffered its worst loss to a city team since 2010 when it fell to Lawton, 50-20, last Friday.

The Highlanders had success moving the ball early, but five turnovers  including three interceptions  prevented them from matching the Wolverines' offensive firepower.

Mac coach Brett Manning said the loss was a humbling experience for all the players and coaches.

"We all have to look at ourselves and see what we can do better in order to be better," Manning said. "That's the silver lining in losing a game  you can address some of those things that may not show up if you win. 

"I think I need to do a better job of having our team ready, and I think I need to do a better job in my play-calling selection. We relied heavily on our run game, and it was very good, but I need to open it up more, and we need to throw the ball better." 

Manning said a major reason for his team's lackluster performance against LHS was its energy at practice throughout the week, but the Highlanders have shown the ability to bounce back after a loss.

"Last week, practices were not up to our standard, and it's kind of dangerous when you practice like we did and then go out and win the game," Manning said. "I was impressed with our guys after going up to McGuinness and not doing well. We came back and had great practices the next week, and it showed against Mustang and Carl Albert. 

"Hopefully it'll be the same this week, and we'll have a longer memory next time and remember practice is important."

End of a streak

The Highlanders' loss on Friday was far from ordinary.

It was the first regular season hiccup since Oct. 16, 2014  a 27-22 loss to Ardmore.

However, Manning said he didn't put much of an emphasis on n't put much of an emphasis on the streak.

"I hadn't really thought about it until earlier this year when somebody brought it up or I read it somewhere," Manning said. "We try to do the best we can. It's no fun to lose, but if we're going to lose one, any of these first three are better than a district game or a playoff game. We'll take it for what it's worth, and hopefully we can get better."

Short week

Mac is dealing with a quick turnaround this week, playing Tascosa High tonight in Amarillo. 

However, that is no problem for the Highlanders. In fact, Manning looks at the short week as a positive.

"Any time you can come back after a loss and play a Thurday night game, it's a good thing," Manning said. "You always want to get that bad taste out of your mouth and try to get back on the right track, and if you can do that a day earlier, that's good.

"We're used to playing on Thursday, so Thursdays are not a real big deal to us. We'll get out there a day earlier  I don't mind that at all."

Travel plans

Long road trips can have a detrimental physical impact on the players.

Traveling long distances in a vehicle often makes people feel tired and fatigued, and when looking at a 3.5-hour drive, there is certainly room for concern  especially for a predominant run team like Mac.

Manning said the crew plans to hit the road at 11 a.m. and make the trek to Amarillo without stopping.

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