District play begins tonight at Boomer Stadium, as Woodward welcomes in Bishop McGuinnes, last season’s runner-up in the state championship.
UPDATE (4:48pm): Kickoff has been pushed back to 7:30pm. Bishop McGuinness was having problems with their team buses on the way up to Woodward.
WOODWARD (1-2, 0-0) vs. BISHOP McGUINNESS (3-0, 0-0)
COVERAGE: Pregame begins at 7pm
RADIO: Z92, 92.3FM (Sean Gallagher, Andy Newby)
RADIO STREAM: z92online.com
LAST SEASON: Bishop McGuinness 38, Woodward 7
1st Down: Dominic Richardson
“And when the Irish backs go marching by, the cheering thousands shout their battle cry”.
Irish sophomore back #2 Dominic Richardson has been an unstoppable force in his team’s first three games and has given the fans something to cheer about.
Last week, Richardson ran for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns in McGuinness’s win over Enid.
Senior quarterback #3 Brennan Mullins has done a great job running the spread offense, and running the option with a weapon like Richardson makes the Irish offense look like the high school equivalent of Oklahoma State’s.
2nd Down: No Condon, No Problem
McGuinness will likely be without senior left tackle #76 Owen Condon for the rest of the 2017 season. He stands almost 6’8″ and weighs 323 pounds and is a verbal commit to Georgia. A guy like Condon is Kirby Smart or any other FBS coach’s dream.
Condon tore his right lateral meniscus in the team’s season opener against Del City.
His backup, #78 Grant Zehrung, who stands four inches shorter and over 100 pounds less than Condon, has done such a good job, Coach Hixon said they had to double check the film to make sure it was 78 and not 76 in the game.
3rd Down: Healthy Boomers
Woodward added 12 new players to the varsity team in the offseason who weren’t playing football in 2016. Not only do the Boomers have more depth, they have pretty healthy roster coming into tonight’s district opener.
Fullback and linebacker #44 Dylan Whitewater will return to the lineup after suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 and will see playing time. He will have to deal with a foam pad around his cast, known simply as a “club”.
Other than the occasional bumps and bruises, Woodward is healthy.
4th Down: 2016, but with a Better End?
If you went to last season’s meeting in Oklahoma City or followed along on the radio, you know the Boomers were only down 10-7 as the fourth quarter began and had not only the district, but the entire state on alert.
Unfortunately, turnovers and big plays by the Irish resulted in a 38-7 final that made the game look like a blowout.
On paper, Bishop McGuinness looks like a better team than they were last season, and despite the 1-2 start, Woodward is better, too. If the Boomers can hold off Richardson and the powerful offense, it could be another close game down the stretch.
This and the Carl Albert game on Nov. 3 will provide the toughest challenge for Woodward in district play. This will be a good measuring stick since Woodward stands a good chance of getting one of the final two playoff spots in the district.
#32 Daniel Friare, who scored the lone offensive touchdown against Weatherford, was the offensive player of the week.
#25 Slaydyn Covalt, who stepped up in Whitewater’s absence, was the defensive player of the game.
On special teams, #24 Drake Parker was the player of the week.