DECATUR — Even though the MacArthur football team routed intra-city rival Eisenhower 53-0 in Week 1, there weren't too many who bought into the Generals being a team to be reckoned with yet.
After all, MacArthur was weathering a rough patch for the program, winning just two games over the past two seasons.
But all that changed in Week 2. The Generals took on Central State Eight powerhouse Springfield Scared Heart-Griffin at home and came out victorious 34-32 in a wild game that saw MacArthur’s big-play offense and strong defense play key roles.
The Cyclones entered the game having not lost a CS8 game since 2010. Last year they beat MacArthur 61-21.
But MacArthur's defense put two touchdowns on the board through two remarkable plays — an Armon Brummett 56-yard fumble recovery and a 50-yard pick-6 by Jacoby Cunningham.
Armon's brother Amir provided all the other scores for the Generals, throwing two touchdowns on his way to 257 yards passing.
On the ground, Amir was equally dangerous, rushing for 146 yards and scoring the winning touchdown on an 84-yard run that saw him bob and weave through the Cyclones defense.
The win foreshadowed the Generals successful season, which included an 8-3 overall record and a 7-2 Central State Eight record, good for a shared second-place finish. MacArthur also won its first playoff game since 2008, coming from behind again to defeat Peoria Notre Dame 34-33.