High school football: McGuinness' Cody Chancellor is Player of the Week

The receiver catches six passes for 359 yards, including four touchdowns. And he did it while wearing a cast on his left hand.
by Scott Wright Published: October 1, 2012
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photo - McGuinness' Cody Chancellor avoids a tackler and heads to the end zone for a first quarter score as the El Reno Indians play the Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish in high school football on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
McGuinness' Cody Chancellor avoids a tackler and heads to the end zone for a first quarter score as the El Reno Indians play the Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish in high school football on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Coming into the game, Lewis knew he'd be asked to throw more than usual. The Titan defense's strong front seven has been solid against the run, but their secondary is inexperienced.

“We went in thinking we'd need to throw,” Lewis said. “We hoped to keep it balanced, but we were able to get what we wanted.”

In the end, McGuinness needed every one of Chancellor's catches. He had 39- and 68-yard grabs that didn't result in touchdowns, but were big parts of two scoring drives, including the clincher in the fourth quarter.

And the most surprising fact of all, Chancellor was playing with a cast protecting the broken bone on top of his left hand, with tape tightly weaving between each of his fingers.

Last week, he practiced with a larger cast than the one he wore on game night, hoping it would make catching the ball easier on Friday.

“At first, I was worried,” Lewis said of Chancellor's cast. “But we worked at it in practice and he was catching the ball pretty well, so I wasn't nervous going into the game. He's a great player.”


by Scott Wright
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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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