For Bishop McGuinness, beating Deer Creek was as simple as letting quarterback Jacob Lewis carry the ball. The senior quarterback led the Irish to a 56-21 win over the Antlers at Deer Creek Friday night.
Lewis made his mark early. He scored on runs of 67 and 70 yards in the first quarter. Later in the first half he scored on runs of two, 37 and 66 yards en route to a 384 yard night on 26 carries.
“It was all on the offensive line,” Lewis said. “They played so well. You can't ask for more than what they did tonight. They played out of their minds. All I had to do was run.”
Lewis had a feeling it would be a good night when he scored his first touchdown on a long run through the heart of the Deer Creek defense.
“We were getting it done on both sides of the ball,” Lewis said. “I think we were able to get some big runs early and that fired us up to keep going. We're coming together at the right time.”
Lewis added a 48-yard touchdown pass to Carl West in the third quarter to go along with three more touchdown runs.
Meanwhile Deer Creek struggled with turnovers, fumbling twice early in the game inside the McGuinness 10-yard line. Deer Creek finished with four turnovers, including three fumbles and one interception. The Antlers finished with 351 yards passing but struggled to put together drives when the game was still in play.
McGuinness now sets its sights on the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We wanted to take the mentality of refuse to lose,” Irish coach Justin Jones said. “Hopefully for the next four weeks that's how it is for us. Our kids are experienced. They've been to the semifinals the last two years. We know how to get there. It's a matter of staying focused. We're getting some guys healthy and we think we're on the verge of being a complete football team.”