McGuinness star quarterback Jacob Lewis isn't shaken by his recent struggles.
In fact, he remains confident in his abilities, and Friday's 21-14 win against Weatherford only reinforces that.
“We're fairly confident across the board,” said Lewis, who has thrown seven interceptions in just three games.
“I'm confident in my receivers, I'm confident in my offensive line, I'm confident in my own abilities. I'm not cocky because obviously two touchdown passes to however many interceptions is not very good. I'm not shaken or nervous or worried about anything, I'm just going to play the game as it comes to me.”
After an 0-2 start inexplicably marred by turnovers, 10th-ranked McGuinness' victory ended its worst opening stretch of a season in five years and restored some confidence.
The Irish have already committed 11 turnovers after just 20 last season, and most of those have Lewis' name attached to them.
Lewis, though, is just trying to push forward.
“It's tough to sit back there and see however many picks I have,” he said. “It's tough to look at that and be OK with it, but I've been trying to flush it lately, just going onto the next play, focus on the next call and hopefully go down and score.”
But Lewis' center isn't letting the blame fall squarely on the quarterback's shoulders.
“We've fumbled. I've had some bad snaps, I'll admit to that,” Luke Raczkowski said. “It's a team thing.”
“We just haven't been playing our brand of football. Since the Pigskin Preview we started putting the ball on the ground and we've been in a funk recently. We're working our way out of it, but it's taking a while.”
Friday's performance wasn't perfect, but it could be a step in the right direction.
After a Lewis fumble allowed Weatherford to tie the game, Lewis responded with a 61-yard TD pass to Braden Roy and then the defense made two goal-line stands.
It may take the defense stepping up while the offense works out the kinks during this rough stretch.
“I think so far it's been my most frustrating year of my career,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “I think you have it in your head how it should be and it's not getting there. I think it's one of those deals where we're really young on the defensive side at some places, we're inexperienced at the receiver level and we're just not being consistent enough.
“We just got to get some continuity developed. If we can just get back to our rhythm. ... That's what we're searching for.”
The slow start to the season matched McGuinness' start in 2008, yet that season turned out decent with the Irish winning 11 straight before falling to Glenpool in the Class 4A championship. It's very similar to the run Carl Albert made to the state championship last season after opening 1-5.
It's also a run the Irish feel isn't out of the question this season.
“We eliminate all of (the turnovers), we're looking at 3-0 instead of 1-2,” Lewis said. “If we get that fixed, I think we'll be completely fine. It's just a matter of executing on my part and as a whole entire offense.”