McGuinness' Jacob Lewis turns to run game to lead Irish to 5A quarterfinals

BIG ALL-CITY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — The senior rushed for 1,072 yards and 17 touchdowns from Week 10-12, carrying the Irish to the Class 5A quarterfinals and delivering a three-game performance rarely seen.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 8, 2014

Throughout the season, McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis struggled to find a passing rhythm.

In the final three games of the season, though, he didn't really need to.

The senior rushed for 1,072 yards and 17 touchdowns from Week 10-12, carrying the Irish to the Class 5A quarterfinals and delivering a three-game performance rarely seen.

As a result, Lewis finished the season accounting for nearly 3,300 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns, earning him The Oklahoman's Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year honors.

“All of us were just playing at a high-octane level and everybody's was excited and happy,” Lewis said. “It just happened.”

It all started in Week 10 against Deer Creek.

Lewis, who is 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds, shook loose the shackles of an up-and-down season, rushing for 386 yards and seven touchdowns, while also throwing for one. The Irish cruised to a 56-21 victory.

During McGuinness' two playoff games, Lewis rushed for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns, displaying his elite running ability he got away from early in the year.

“That chemistry just wasn't there at the beginning of the season and I think that put a bad taste and got us out of rhythm early on,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “I think what happened with Jake is the light bulb finally went off and it hit him as far as what skill set he was going to have to bring to the table on Friday nights for us to be successful this year, and that was less about his throwing ability and more about his running ability.”


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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