Written by Alonzo Olmedo
The MacArthur Cardinals prepare for a crucial district match-up against the Euless Trinity Trojans. After the Cardinals produced over 400 offensive yards over winless R.L. Turner in a 63-7 dominating victory, MacArthur will now look to go 2-0 in district play and keep the momentum rolling against a playoff caliber team in Euless Trinity.
Euless Trinity enters the game ranked 22nd in the state of Texas according to the AP Texas high school polls. The Trojans have 12 returning starters on both offense and defense from last year’s 10-3 season that also went 7-0 against district opponents. The Trojans under head coach Steve Lineweaver has had fourteen consecutive playoff appearances and three state championships since 2009. With an overall record of 153-24, Coach Lineweaver has created a blueprint on how to coach a program with continued success.
The last time MacArthur head coach Brian Basil defeated Euless Trinity was back in 2004 in a 41-28 rout. Since then, the Trojans have gone 6-0 against the Cardinals. In those six meetings, the Trojans have outscored the Cardinals 227-79. The Cardinals will look to break their six game losing streak and remain undefeated against district opponents this year.
The Cardinals will have to create problems for Euless Trinity at their weakest positions on the field. MacArthur junior wide out Mykeal Webster will be the key to MacArthur’s offensive game plan. Webster leads all other wide outs in Irving in yards per catch this season. The Trojans seem to be most vulnerable when Trinity’s defensive backs are left in one on one situations. Webster who averages near 14 yards per catch can blossom in the play action pass calls against the Trojans defense. MacArthur junior quarterback Logan Austin is bringing a four touchdown performance against R.L. Turner. Austin has completed 51 percent of his passes and thrown for 766 passing yards this season.