With shutouts in four of its last five games, Class 5A's No. 3-ranked Bishop McGuinness will be asking for yet another strong performance from its defense with Friday night's visit from Guthrie.
The top-ranked Bluejays have scored at least 36 points in seven of eight games this season.
For the Irish, the defensive mindset starts with linebacker Nick Jeffreys, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior who leads the team with 100 tackles. He's one of eight Irish players with at least 50 tackles this year.
Jeffreys is coming off a 15-tackle game in which he had four sacks and an interception. He also had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and 100 total yards from his H-back position.
DEER CREEK-NORTHWEST ON NEWSOK
Deer Creek will try to bounce back from last week's tough loss at Guthrie with a visit from Northwest Classen this week. You can see the game live online at NewsOK.com/Sports.
The game will be broadcast live online, courtesy of NewsOK and ZPreps.com. The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Northwest is enjoying its best season in more than 40 years. The Knights are 4-4 overall and 2-3 in district. But Northwest will need to win its next two games, Friday vs. Deer Creek and Nov. 2 against Guthrie, and receive help elsewhere to qualify for the Class 5A playoffs.
EDMOND NORTH, NORMAN NORTH STRONG AT TOP
Edmond North's Jaci Smith and Jenny Mehner finished second and third Saturday as the Huskies captured the Class 6A regional cross country championship in Tulsa, nipping Jenks by one point.
Norman North's Abbey Mace, Isabella Rose and Rachel Chrisman finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, to lead the Timberwolves to the other 6A girls regional title in Norman.
Shawnee's girls won the Class 5A regional in Norman while Lexi Bingham of Piedmont was the individual champ.
MOUNT ST. MARY COMING OFF REGIONAL DOUBLE
Mount St. Mary is heading into the cross country state meet having won both the boys and girls championships in the Class 4A regional at Norman last week.
The St. Mary girls squad edged Heritage Hall by three points for the team title. Lauren Roberts of Heritage Hall nipped Audrey Campbell of Mount St. Mary for the individual crown.
The St. Mary boys had five runners in the top 20. The individual champ was Carl Schlosser of Cache.
By Scott Wright and Ed Godfrey