By Scott Hansen
Bishop McGuinness Continues `Drive' for Perfection
Bishop McGuinness (Oklahoma City) looks like a team peaking at the right time, evident by its 34-13 victory over Broken Bow at Clement Pribil Stadium Friday night. The victory sets up an eagerly-anticipated semifinal showdown with unbeaten Wagoner.
Clinging to a 21-7 lead at halftime, McGuinness embarked on a championship-type drive to put the game away. The Fighting Irish completed a 14-play, 70-yard drive that milked off the clock with a 10-yard touchdown run by running back Towns Holmboe.
During the drive, McGuinness converted a fourth and one with a fake punt, when Travis Cunningham broke free on a 13-yard gain. Later on a fourth and six from the 29, quarterback Joseph Krenger found sophomore Gabe Ikard on a 13-yard gain. Holmboe's 1-yard scoring run came on fourth and one.
With the drive, McGuinness shifted the momentum back in their favor. With remaining in the second quarter with a 21-0 lead, the Fighting Irish were heading toward extending that lead even further. However, McGuinness fullback Joey DeGuisti fumbled, which was recovered by Broken Bow. Four minutes later, Broken Bow quarterback Joey Shomo hit Kyle Beam on fourth and goal from nine yards to cut the deficit to 21-7.
"They had the momentum heading into halftime even though we had a 14-point lead. For us to be able to take that opening drive in the third quarter and burn seven minutes off the clock, that had to be a demoralizing drive for them," McGuinness head coach Kenny Young said.
McGuinness overwhelmed the Broken Bow defense in the first half with 195 rushing yards. Kris Parham, who rumbled 62 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, had 84 at the break. Krenger added 78.
Broken Bow still showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, when star running back Gregory King sprinted 70 yards on a sweep for a touchdown with 5:57 remaining in the fourth quarter. King rushed for 138 yards in the losing effort.
"The sweep is their bread and butter. Sometimes when you work on stopping something, you have to realize that the other team is working on trying to make it work. The bottom line is that was just good execution by Broken Bow," said Young, whose Fighting Irish moved to 12-0 on the season and has qualified for their first semifinal since 2002.
ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 1ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 2ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 3ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 4-ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ FINAL
Broken Bowÿÿ 0ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 7ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 0ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 6-ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 13
McGuinnessÿÿ 14ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 7ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 7ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 6-ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ 34
McG: Gabe Ikard 7-yard pass from Krenger (Cameron Bryan kick)
McG: Holmboe 8-yard run (Bryan kick)
McG: Parham 62-yard run (Bryan kick)
BB: Beam 9-yard pass from Shomo (Drew Prater kick)
McG: Holmboe 10-yard run (Bryan kick)
BB: King 70-yard run (kick failed)
McG: Krenger 2-yard run (kick failed)
BB: Shomo 3-6, 25 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
McG: Krenger 4-7, 31 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
BB: King 18 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD
McG: Parham 9 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD; Krenger 16 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD; Holmboe 15 carries, 58 yards, 2 TDs
BB: Beam 3 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD
McG: Ikard 4 receptions, 31 yards, 1 TD