SHAWNEE — The Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish wasted little time in their quest to conquer Class 5A football this season. The previous Class 4A powerhouse easily dismantled its first 5A opponent of 2012 during Friday night's 32-13 win over the Shawnee Wolves.
McGuinness doesn't plan on stopping there.
“Our goal this year is to become the first McGuinness football team to ever win a 5A state title,” said Irish quarterback Jacob Lewis.
Lewis is a big reason why Carl Albert, Guthrie and the rest of the 5A gang might need to take notice. The 6-foot-3 junior was unstoppable, throwing for 104 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 attempts and rushing for 132 yards and a couple of scores.
Lewis played running back as a sophomore last season but looked like a natural passer Friday night.
“We had a really good quarterback last year, so I understood why they played me at running back,” Lewis said. “But I was really eager to get back to playing quarterback.”
Lewis said he was clocked at 4.4 in 40-yard dash over the summer, and he certainly looked quick in leading the Irish in rushing.
While a state title is McGuinness' long term goal, Lewis said Friday night's objective was to score two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Will Harjo hit Cody Chancellor on a wide receiver pass for a 41-yard touchdown. Harjo then caught a 32-yard strike from Lewis later in the quarter to complete the objective.
“We just thought it was really important to come out and play well early on,” Lewis said.
As for Shawnee, the Wolves are looking to rebound from a brutal two-season stretch in Class 6A. Shawnee finished 1-9 in 2011. Though their first game back in 5A was a tough one, there were some bright spots.
Sophomore quarterback John Jacobs showed a strong arm and found receiver Theo Berry twice for touchdown passes of 20 and 39 yards. The young quarterback is strong runner as well with several nice gains that were erased in the stat line due to numerous sacks by a strong McGuinness defensive line.