Mac impresses in scrimmage
It was a perfect first scrimmage for MacArthur High School's football team, the Highlanders produced six touchdowns on offense, the defense only allowed Bishop McGuinness one score on a busted coverage, and there wasn't a single yellow flag tossed toward the green and gold-clad crew from east Lawton.
It was more than enough to give Mac Coach Brett Manning plenty to talk about after the hour-and-half varsity scrimmage at Cameron Stadium that was sped up by the fact there weren't any officials on hand to make those calls. With few whistles, the action was fast and furious.
"It was just the perfect first scrimmage," Manning said. "We always get a good test from them because they are a very competitive Class 5A team. We have a lot of the same philosophies and we both are flexible when it comes to these things.
"As we've normally done in the first scrimmage, we held the defense in check and didn't allow them to blitz. And it took a little away from what they (Irish) were trying to do on offense when their first quarterback went down. It looks like an ankle but I hope it's nothing serious. You hate to see any kid get hurt in a scrimmage."
Manning was asked to evaluate the offensive performance first.
"I thought we did a pretty good job doing the things we had planned to do tonight," Manning said. "Will (quarterback Collins) did a nice job out there. He has good size and vision, he can make plays with his arm and his legs and he's just smart football player. That's what you like to see in a two-year starter. I thought the line did a good job on protection, but we will wait and see how they respond when we start getting those blitz packages thrown at us."
The teams took turns running 12-play sets starting at their own 40-yard-line. After Mac shut down the Irish in the first series, Collins took the Highlanders downfield on eight plays to score with Davon Finkley getting the honors from three yards out.