Well if there was anyway I could express and show you how much I am ready to get this season started. To just say I am ready, would be a huge understatement. Its finally football time in southwest Oklahoma and ever since last December when the Macarthur Highlanders made history by winning their first state title in over 40 years I have been excited to see what the future holds for the boys up on the "hill".

Everyone I'm sure will be asking the same question. Will this years team be able to carry the banner of "Defending Champs?" Especially considering the mass exodus of 22 graduating seniors including everyone on the starting offense, except starting right tackle, TJ Fialoa who will be going both ways this year.

If you want to add all the experience that running back Teddrick "Teddy" Thomas received, by getting a ton of experience last year, that will help.

This year Big Mac will see a lot of underclassman and new faces to the fans but not the program - including returning starting quarterback Anthony Love who will take over that spot that Will Collins vacated because of graduation. Will held that position the last two years and now is down at Louisiana Lafayette. Anthony is no stranger to the program, he was the starting quarterback two years ago at Mac Middle School while in the 8th grade but had moved away to the east coast because of military obligations. He has a big 6'4" frame, can run and is a "south paw".

Big Mac has shown an excellent spring ball followed by the usual tough summer pride and then to two pre-season scrimmages. The first was two weeks ago at Bishop McGinnis . Jay and myself headed up the turnpike last Thursday to see the big showdown between Mac and last years first round playoff team Carl Albert. Macarthur started with a 6 play drive and a touchdown and missed PAT and led 6-0. The defense showed that they too were ready to "Defend" and prevented Carl Albert from even making a first down. MacArthur dominated the scrimmage with the two 12 minute quarters and held Carl Albert from scoring outside of a field goal. Big Mac ended the evening with the scoreboard showing 19-3 and it could have been at least a 25-3 showing if Mac had taken advantage of a possible TD with seconds remaining of of the first quarter.

Macarthur is well on their way showing and Defending who they are in 2015 with a new theme of DENOVO which means "Again" I will let you decide what they are wanting again. The road to another State Title starts like it did last year with a week one matchup with the Clinton Red Tornadoes this Thursday night at Cameron Stadium.

Join myself and Jay Burk for all the exciting action all season long and don't forget to join us live every Tuesday nights at El Chico in the mall for the Brett Manning Coaches show at 6.

Bring your radios to the game and we will talk to you Thursday night. Go Big Mac!

Photo courtesy: Cindy Rose