LOVE STANDING OUT FOR IRISH
A big key to Bishop McGuinness' success through two games has been its defensive play.
The Irish have outscored its opponents 66-23 going in to this week's game at Weatherford.
One of the most critical pieces to the defense so far has been the emergence of senior David Love at defensive end.
Love primarily played tight end last year. He's playing both ways this season as McGuinness moves into Class 5A.
“He's done really well the past couple of weeks,” Irish coach Justin Jones said. “He's one of the best defensive ends to maybe come through McGuinness and that's saying something here.”
Love has a pair of sacks, as does senior defensive tackle Johnathan Higgins. Jones also pointed toward the play of Higgins and fellow defensive tackle Andrew Williams as keys to McGuinness' defensive success.
FRIDAY'S DOGPACK TO FEATURE 5K RUN FOR GIRLS
Edmond Santa Fe High School is hosting the 19th annual Dogpack on Friday, and for the first time in an OSSAA-sanctioned cross country meet, the girls will be running a 5K just like the boys.
Many cross country coaches at the larger high schools are advocating a change for girls' race distances — from 2 miles to 3.1 miles (5K) next season, said Mustang coach Mike McGarry.
Three cross country meets this fall have scheduled optional 5Ks for girls, including the Dogpack in Edmond and the Harrier meet in Mustang on Sept. 20.
“We are about the only state that doesn't run a 5K (for girls), which is ridiculous,” McGarry said. “The large schools want it, but we keep getting voted down.”
Santa Fe coach Kurt Thomas said coaches at smaller schools object to the move because some of their cross country runners also play other fall sports.
“They are concerned it will make it tougher on them,” he said.
McGarry said Oklahoma should make the change in part because the girls must make “too big of a jump” when they go from high school to college and have to run cross country races at much greater distances.
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey