Duncan shuts down late Mac bid, wins 21-19
Football is a game of inches and the MacArthur Highlanders learned that the hard way as they came up just short in their comeback attempt against Duncan Friday night 21-19.
The Highlanders came up just short on two 2-point conversion attempts in the game and just inches short of a first down as they were driving for the possible winning score in the contest for the final playoff spot in District 5A-1.
The Highlanders started the game off with a strong opening drive, moving from their own 22 yard line down to the Demons eight-yard line, but the drive stalled and senior placekicker Jannes Graff trotted out for a 25-yard field goal attempt to give the Highlanders an early lead.
Graff’s attempt though was blocked and recovered by Duncan senior Cedric Hodges, who returned the block kick all the way back to the Mac 17 yard line.
Five plays later junior Chance Brooksher, who was in as a running back due to a shortage of backs in the Demons lineup, scored from seven yards out for a Demons touchdown and an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Later in the first period the Highlanders would drive 58 yards in four plays, helped in part by a pass interference penalty on the Demons, to bring the score to 7-6.
At that point Graff came out to attempt the extra point, but an offsides penalty on the Demons put the ball at the one and a half yard line and Mac head coach Brett Manning made the decision to go for two. The Demons though stuffed the two-point conversion attempt just short of the goal line and Duncan held on to the 7-6 advantage.