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MacArthur, Eisenhower begin district play tonight

As is the case with most of the high school football teams in Oklahoma, MacArthur and Eisenhower begin district play this weekend.

The Highlanders start their District 5A-1 slate at the comfortable confines of Cameron Stadium against Ardmore, last year’s Class 5A runner-up. Meanwhile, the Eagles make the 173-mile trek to Woodward to face the Boomers. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Mac ready for district action

MacArthur coach Brett Manning has made it clear that what’s in the past remains in the past; what happened last season does not necessarily have any bearing on this season. And at first glance, the Ardmore Tigers would appear to epitomize that idea.

After running rampant to an unbeaten regular season, the Tigers marched through the playoffs and into the state championship game against Carl Albert, where they gave the Titans one of the closest games they’ve had during their 39-game win streak.

But after graduating 25 seniors from that team, Ardmore appeared ripe for a drop-off. And after a 7-0 loss to Ada in the opener, doubters became louder. But with a 28-2 win over Durant and a rain out against McAlester, Ardmore comes to town with a 1-1 record. And Manning knows that just because Ardmore lost a lot of talent from last year doesn’t mean the Tigers ought to be taken lightly.

“They’re still a very tough team,” Manning said. “They’re a solid team, well-coached, Josh Newby does a great job over there.”

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