MIDWEST CITY — Despite the cast protecting Cody Chancellor’s broken left hand, Bishop McGuinness’ top receiver didn’t have any trouble catching the football.
But the Carl Albert secondary had all kinds of trouble catching Chancellor.
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior turned in what McGuinness coach Justin Jones called the greatest receiving performance he’s ever seen — 359 yards and four touchdowns on six receptions. His last catch, a 68-yarder, set up the game-clinching touchdown in fourth-ranked McGuinness’ 42-32 win at Carl Albert Friday night.
“It was the (best) single-best performance I’ve ever seen from a receiver, and I played in college with a guy who was an All-American,” Jones said. “I keep telling people, Cody goes to work. He does what it takes. He makes the big play.
“The theme for the week was big-time games are won by big-time players who make big plays, and Cody’s big-time.”
Chancellor broke a bone in his hand in last week’s game and didn’t know it until afterward, but he practiced all week with the cast and felt comfortable enough to play with it Friday.
“I actually practiced with a bigger cast on, so it would be easier to catch the ball once I got this one on,” he said. “We weren’t sure how well I’d be able to catch it, but it didn’t really bother me.
“Once you get playing, you don’t really feel it.”
McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis did his part as well. The junior threw for 385 yards on 11-of-18 passing with five touchdowns. He rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries, including a 48-yard TD.
Lewis connected with Chancellor twice on the opening drive, including a 29-yard TD pass on a flea-flicker. In the second quarter, the duo hooked up on consecutive offensive snaps for 80- and 86-yard touchdowns.
Chancellor said he can’t recall ever, even in Little League, having a performance like Friday’s, but he quickly passed off the credit.
“I’ve never had an offensive line like this,” he said. “We call them the ‘M.D.L.’ — the Million Dollar Line. They’re holding up for us pretty well. We’ve got a great quarterback and a great line, so it should be a good year.”
Friday’s win was a sign of the direction McGuinness (5-0, 2-0) is headed in its first football season at the Class 5A level. Despite Carl Albert’s struggles at 1-4 on the season, a win for the Irish over a program like Carl Albert is a big step.
“They don’t have 10 state championships listed up there on that press box for no reason,” Jones said. “I’m proud of our kids. We’re gonna enjoy this one for a little while.”