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Oklahoma high school football: Bishop McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman excelling as ‘main guy’

McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman (7) has 562 passing yards, 824 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns this season. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
McGuinness quarterback Luke Tarman (7) has 562 passing yards, 824 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns this season. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Luke Tarman stood in shotgun formation with an empty backfield.

Bishop McGuinness was set up on its own 20-yard line with little time on the clock before halftime. With five receivers spread out wide, it looked as if the Tarman was set to pass.

But instead of throwing the ball, Tarman caught the snap, waited a moment for his blocks to develop and darted through an open hole in the line of scrimmage. He slipped one tackle, and then made his way down the left sideline, outrunning the five defenders in his vicinity for an 80-yard score.

The long run was one of seven touchdowns Tarman was responsible for in Bishop McGuinness' 56-34 road win over Lawton Eisenhower on Friday night.

“The offensive line did a really good job blocking which I think is one of our strong points on our team,” Tarman said about his stellar rushing performance. “I was able to get past the first level and get to the secondary and was able to break loose. So the run game was really working for me.”

Tarman finished with 23 rushes for 313 yards and six rushing touchdowns. The senior quarterback also went 13-of-23 passing for 183 yards and one touchdown. With his performance, The Oklahoman’s staff has named Tarman its Player of the Week.

“There were a couple runs on Friday night where he really showcased his speed a little bit,” McGuinness coach Bryan Pierce said. “He’s always been really shifty and had the ability to make people miss but he had some top-end speed the other night that was pretty impressive.”

After star running back Dominic Richardson graduated and landed at Oklahoma State, Tarman knew he would have to take on more of the offensive load in order for the Fighting Irish to be successful this season.

He’s done that and more.

Through four games, Tarman has rushed 93 times for 824 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s also 40-of-84 passing for 562 yards and two touchdowns to lead Class 5A No. 4 Bishop McGuinness to a 3-1 record.

“We had Dominic last year who he kind of worked in tandem with but he’s the main guy now with our offense and he’s taking it upon himself,” Pierce said. “This is his third year as the quarterback and so this year he’s just really running things and setting things up and doing a tremendous job.”

Tarman carries one offer from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, but with the performances he’s put together this season, he’s bound to earn more.

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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