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High school notebook: McGuinness defense prepping for Guthrie

Irish remain in contention for District 5A-2 championship. But they will have to earn it by playing No. 1-ranked Guthrie on Friday and No. 4 Deer Creek on Nov. 2.
by Ed Godfrey and Scott Wright Published: October 24, 2012

With shutouts in four of its last five games, Class 5A's No. 3-ranked Bishop McGuinness will be asking for yet another strong performance from its defense with Friday night's visit from Guthrie.

The top-ranked Bluejays have scored at least 36 points in seven of eight games this season.

For the Irish, the defensive mindset starts with linebacker Nick Jeffreys, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior who leads the team with 100 tackles. He's one of eight Irish players with at least 50 tackles this year.

Jeffreys is coming off a 15-tackle game in which he had four sacks and an interception. He also had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and 100 total yards from his H-back position.


Deer Creek will try to bounce back from last week's tough loss at Guthrie with a visit from Northwest Classen this week. You can see the game live online at

The game will be broadcast live online, courtesy of NewsOK and The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Northwest is enjoying its best season in more than 40 years. The Knights are 4-4 overall and 2-3 in district. But Northwest will need to win its next two games, Friday vs. Deer Creek and Nov. 2 against Guthrie, and receive help elsewhere to qualify for the Class 5A playoffs.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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