Football Week 9 Preview: Irish face Guthrie for spot in district title game

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Football Week 9 Preview: Irish face Guthrie for spot in district title game

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 23:29
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Coming off what coach Brian Pierce called its “most complete game,” McGuinness just has to get through Guthrie this Friday to set up a District 5A-2 title game at Carl Albert in Week 10.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pribil Stadium.
Guthrie (3-5, 2-3), a perennial playoff team, has struggled this season with injuries and has been eliminated from playoff contention.
However, the Class 5A No. 1 Irish (7-1, 5-0), which won 29-7 at Piedmont last Friday, aren’t taking the Bluejays lightly.
“They have been a traditional power house in our district,” Pierce said of Guthrie. “With (Friday) being Senior Night, we’re going to approach this like any other game and want to send our seniors out with a win.”
Three senior leaders, according to Pierce, include offensive lineman Ben Tawwater, tailback Dominic Richardson and linebacker Brynden Walker.
“Ben anchors our offensive line at center and is in charge of getting the guys into their proper positions,” Pierce said. “He’s really stepped up for us this year.”
Along with Tawwater on the O-line are Hunter Spears at left tackle, John Lopez at left guard, Callaway Crenshaw at right guard and Miguel Brown at right tackle.
Richardson, who has battled injuries the last two seasons, had a brief scare at Piedmont but is scheduled to play Friday.
“Dominic had a small scare with his knee,” Pierce said. “We held him out as a precaution. If we had needed him, he probably could have played.”
Walker provides leadership on defense.
“Brynden is one of our more vocal leaders,” the coach said.
Along with Richardson and the O-line, quarterback Luke Tarman has taken charge of the Irish offense.
“(Against Piedmont) Luke really took the game over,” Pierce said. “He put the team on his shoulders and played lights out.”
The Irish defense also held Piedmont’s trip-option offense in check, thanks to Walker, along with Tawwater, Brown and Andrew Chambers.

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