Last season, Bishop McGuinness football coach Justin Jones felt his team reached its peak a couple weeks too early.
After the Irish were sent home in the Class 5A semifinals, Jones decided to change a few things, starting with summer workouts and everything after, in hopes of reaching that peak at just the right time.
Last week's 56-21 win over then-No. 5 Deer Creek in a crucial District 5A-2 game certainly seems to be evidence that Jones' plan is working.
Quarterback Jacob Lewis is coming off his best game of the season — and maybe his career — as the playoffs arrive. His 386 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one passing) testify to that.
And the performance earned Lewis The Oklahoman's staff selection as the City-Area Football Player of the Week.
“I really felt like I came out and performed the best I could have,” said Lewis, who had rushing touchdowns of 70, 67, 66 and 49 yards among his scoring runs. “Everybody was doing what they needed to do to make a big play, or just get another first down.
“The season has been up and down, but we played really well in all three phases against Deer Creek. Our offensive line has come together and is blocking really well. Our receivers are catching the ball and making plays. The defense and special teams are playing well, too.”
Lewis only threw the ball five times against Deer Creek, but one of his two completions went for a 47-yard touchdown to Carl West.
The game provided a big boost of confidence heading into the playoffs, where the 10th-ranked Irish will travel to No. 6 Ardmore for a first-round game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.