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Lawton Macarthur Highlanders – 2020 Pigskin Preview Feature – Presented by Arvest Bank

LAWTON MACARTHUR HIGHLANDERS

 

Coach: BRETT MANNING

 

SCHEDULE:

8-29 - at Carl Albert

9-4 - vs. Eisenhower

9-11 - at Lawton

9-17 - vs. Enid

9-25 - at Duncan

10-2 - vs. El Reno

10-9 - at Southeast

10-15 - at Noble

10-23 - vs. Altus

10-30 vs. Capitol Hill

11-6 - at Ardmore

 

QUICK HITS:

The Highlanders meeting with Duncan on September 25th will be the 50th alltime in the series. Mac holds a 29-20 edge but Duncan has won the last two. Mac has dropped its last three games against Lawton High. The Highlanders have battled their big brother pretty much even for the last two decades. Lawton High has an 11-9 advantage in the last twenty meetings. Nasir Kemper had quite a night against Altus. Kemper rushed for 100 yards and touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble 99-yards for a scoop and score.

 

LAST 7 YEARS:

2019 - 6-4

2018 - 4-6

2017 - 6-5

2016 - 12-1

2015 - 11-1

2014 - 13-1

2013 - 10-3

 

OFFENSE

The Highlanders will set up in a two-back spread utilizing their quickness off the ball and skill players who work well in space. Head coach Brett Manning said his team is young, but ready for the challenge. “We have a small senior class but a good one. Our underclassmen are very talented and we will be relying on a lot of them. The coaches are excited about this group,” said coach Manning. VYPE Top 100 selectee Nasir Kemper (6-1, 190, Sr.) has been the teams leading rusher for the last two seasons and is expected to lead the team again in 2020. Kemper can be an effective wide receiver as well. Offensive guard Talon Phillips (6-0, 275, Sr.) and tackle Logan Vernon (6-2, 235, Jr.) are keys to the overall success of the offense. Look for a few younger faces to see significant playing time up front. Quarterback Montez Edwards (5-9, 165, Jr.) started at receiver as a sophomore and only played two games as the QB last year, but looks to take over the role in a full time capacity. Running backs Devin Bush (5-11, 220, Jr.) and Isaiah Grey (6-0, 175, Jr.) are two ball carriers that bring a change of pace to the offense and will help this team win ball games.

DEFENSE

Two-way starter Nasir Kemper will move to the defensive side of the ball where he will start at strong safety. Kemper leads the team in interceptions and does not shy away from contact. Speaking of contact, the defensive line is strong with Lazaughn Jackson (5-11, 255, Sr.) and Talon Phillips. Both guys can move people around and create problems up front for opposing offensive lines. Linebackers Vaughn Poppe (6-2, 185, Jr.) and Devin Bush bring speed to the box. Poppe will start at outside linebacker. Derrick Newton (6-0, 145, Jr.) gives the Highlanders are solid cover man in the secondary. Newton is quick and has excellent instincts. Coach Manning wants an aggressive style of play, which should fit the roster coming into the 2020 season. One player to watch this season is Caden Tahbonemah (6-2, 270, So.) at linebacker after missing most of his freshman season with an injury. The coaching staff is expecting big things from the young linebacker this season.

 

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