Without two of his main weapons, McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman keyed the Irish offense not only with his arm but more with his legs in leading them to a 33-7 win over Guthrie last Friday night at Pribil Stadium.
“This is the second week in a row that Luke has taken over the game,” coach Brian Pierce said after the game. “He’s just that type of player than can put the team on his shoulders and lead us to a win.”
Star tailback Dominic Richardson and receiver Aaron Beck were sidelined with injuries but Pierce expects the pair back for the season finale this Friday at Carl Albert.
Against Guthrie, McGuinness (8-1, 6-0 District 5A-2) wasted no time on its first series marching 69 yards in six plays with Tarman finding receiver Tony Lemcke for a 24-yard touchdown.
The Bluejays got back into the game on its third series of the game after recovering a muffed punt and scoring on an 11-yard run to force a 7-7 tie.
McGuinness kicker Zach Schmit connected on field goals of 25 and 23 yards in the second quarter to give the Irish a touchdown advantage of 13-7 at halftime.
Tarman, then, dominated the second half with 106 of his 246 rushing yards and scoring runs of 1 and 46 yards to end any hope of a Guthrie rally.
The junior also hit Cole Limber with a 35-yard TD pass in the final minutes of the third quarter.