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.