After an easy week that ended in a beatdown of the Capitol Hill Redskins at home, the Chickasha High School football team has been preparing for a tougher district test against Lawton MacArthur on Friday.
The Highlanders are 3-2 this season and 1-1 in the district. Their two losses came in week two against city rival Lawton (6A) and district foe Del City in week four, a metro-area school that recently dropped from class 6A who beat MacArthur 41-18.
The Fightin' Chicks are also 3-2 and 1-1 in the district. Chickasha lost a close road game to Altus two weeks ago and blew out Capitol Hill last week.
Head coach Tom Cobble said it won't be difficult to get his team focused on a tougher opponent.
"That's not hard," Cobble said. "They'll get ready, and we know now that we're getting down to the meat of the schedule. The last five games…we're going to have to play well every week."
MacArthur went 13-1 last season and lost in the state finals. The Highlanders have a new starting quarterback, Ricky McCarty, but he is a senior who is familiar with the offense.
"They're a pretty typical Lawton Mac team this year," Cobble said. "They're new at quarterback this year, and he's beginning to do a good job."
The key player for the Chicks to defend against is senior running back Darius Graham, a 6-1, 218-pound back who ran for 1,492 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011.
Graham is a three-star recruit with scholarship offers from several Division I schools.
"Their running back was hurt earlier, but he's coming back now," Cobble said. "He's probably going to be the big difference-maker in the game, and defensively we'll have to tune on him."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at MacArthur High School in Lawton.