After making the Class 5A semifinals last season, McGuinness coach Justin Jones just wants his players to take this season one day at a time.
The Irish, however, enter this season with high expectations behind eight offensive starters returning, including star quarterback Jacob Lewis.
Lewis, a senior, totaled 54 touchdowns last season — 24 on the ground — and more than 3,800 total yards of offense. It'll be his leadership that will guide McGuinness.
“Jake's deal is he's got the intangibles and our focus with him this spring has been managing the game, making sure he's putting guys where they need to be,” Jones said. “Knowing that the offensive line is experienced, our focus for him has been making sure the receivers are where they need to be, coaching those guys in between plays and just managing the offense and understanding the concepts.”
Lewis' weapons, though, will look different as top receiver Cody Chancellor is now at Oklahoma, leaving 6-foot-6 Carl West to lead the way.
With the offensive line, known as the “Million Dollar Line,” returning all five starters, there isn't much of a secret about the Irish's desire to run the ball this season.