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Oklahoma high school football: Luke Tarman leads McGuinness to 20-13 win against Muskogee

Luke Tarman looked like he had nowhere to go. 

After the McGuinness senior rolled to his right and cut back across the field, six Muskogee defenders were within five yards of the quarterback. 

Tarman quickly raced up the field, spun out of a tackle and somehow escaped the sea of defenders before gliding into the end zone for a 17-yard score. 

The big play came with 9:21 left in the third quarter and was the final touchdown in the Class 5A No. 5-ranked Irish’s 20-13 home victory Friday night. 

Tarman carried McGuinness, often lining up in the shotgun formation with an empty backfield. 

He finished with 21 carries for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 8 of 15 passes for 92 yards and a score. 

“We’ve built this offense around Luke,” McGuinness coach Bryan Pierce said. “He’s a third-year starter. The guy is kind of back there by himself. He’s a heck of an athlete. Somebody who we’re going to count on throughout this season.” 

Tarman exited in the fourth quarter because of cramps. 

Sophomore Michael Taffe, who played quarterback at Millwood last season, filled in. 

Taffe had a strong debut with the Irish and plays several other positions, including wide receiver, running back and defensive back. 

Taffe’s skillset is a perfect fit at McGuinness, which celebrated its Senior Night on Friday. 

“We’ve always had a pretty versatile offense,” Pierce said. “I think we have the capability of doing a lot of different things.” 

Muskogee senior quarterback and defensive back Ty Williams, an Oklahoma State commit, did not play because of a hamstring injury. 

Junior Walker Eaton took over at quarterback for the Class 6A-II No. 4 Roughers. His biggest play came with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter when he connected with Rahiem Payne for a 48-yard touchdown. 

Tarman responded with his touchdown run in the third quarter, and the Irish defense dominated Muskogee the remainder of the game. 

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FINAL SCORE

McGuinness 20, Muskogee 13

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Muskogee – 0 – 13 – 0 – 0 — 13

McGuinness – 0 – 12 – 8 – 0 — 20

GAME SUMMARY

Muskogee – Isaiah Givens 1 run (kick failed)

McGuinness – Graham Tawwater 21 pass from Luke Tarman (kick failed)

McGuinness – Tarman 4 run (pass failed)

Muskogee – Rahiem Payne 48 pass from Walker Eaton (Skyler Onebear kick)

McGuinness – Tarman 17 run (Tarman run)

TEAM STATISTICS

Muskogee – McGuinness

9 – First Downs – 19

33-100 – Rushing att.-yds. – 44-314

65 – Passing Yards – 92

4-13-0 – Passing C-A-I – 8-16-0

1-0 – Fumbles no.-lost – 3-1

9-51 – Penalty no.-yds. – 6-55

0-1 – Team Records – 1-0 

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McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman carries the ball during Friday's home game against Muskogee. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman carries the ball during Friday's home game against Muskogee. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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