BIXBY — Bishop McGuinness players found a simple message written on the locker room drawing board Saturday morning before a Class 4A semifinal showdown with undefeated Grove.
"I thought it was pretty appropriate,” McGuinness coach Kenny Young said. "I wrote ‘Find a way.’ ”
Quarterback Ryan Randolph scored on a 14-yard run and converted a two-point conversion with 24 seconds left to lift the fourth-ranked Irish over previously undefeated Grove 29-28 in front of an estimated crowd of 3,000 at Spartan Stadium.
It was Randolph’s second rushing touchdown of the day. The senior was 14-of-21 passing for 121 yards and a score.
"I love watching to see what Ryan can do. He comes up big,” said Larone Richardson, McGuinness’ sophomore running back who rushed for 134 yards on 19 carries.
The Irish, now winners of 11 straight since dropping the first two games of the season, will try for a third consecutive Class 4A state championship next week against undefeated and top-ranked Glenpool at a time, date and place yet to be determined.
In a rematch of the 2006 state title game, McGuinness trailed until the fourth quarter, when Randolph converted the first of two two-point conversions with 5:15 remaining.