Oklahoma high school football: Luke Tarman leads Bishop McGuinness to win with 5 TDs
Luke Tarman stayed calm in the moment.
Bishop McGuinness was facing a fourth down on its opening drive but Tarman wasn’t worried.
The senior dropped back to pass and saw a familiar target cutting across the endzone.
His younger brother.
Luke fired the ball to Paul Tarman who caught the low pass while diving forward. The two connected for a 3-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game. It was the start of a special night for the brothers.
Bishop McGuinness bested Piedmont 33-14 at Connlley field on Friday night. The pass between the two brothers was the first of two touchdowns for the pair. They later connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
“From the time when they first started here, you see those guys throwing the ball around and you know they’ve been doing it since they were little kids so it's fun,” McGuinness coach Bryan Pierce said. “Obviously you see Luke in the forefront but Paul is a special athlete as well. Those guys, they’re two great players and when they connect they can do some things I think others can’t.”
Although both brothers put together impressive performances, it was Luke who had the better night.
He carried the ball 27 times for 244 yards and completed 12 of his 18 passes for 168 yards. He finished with five touchdowns, four passing and one rushing.
Along with Paul, Luke connected with Cole Limber for two scores. Their longest came on a 63-yard touchdown pass that gave McGuinness it’s biggest lead of the game.
“We’ve been pushing him a whole lot this year,” Pierce said about Luke. “He may be one of the best athletes in Class 5A, without a doubt. He turns it on every week and he’s put on some tremendous numbers and he continues to do so.”
Along with Luke’s performance, Pierce got a big lift from his defense.
McGuinness forced three fumbles, which led to two scores for the Fighting Irish. The turnovers were massive in stopping Piedmont’s rushing attack. The Wildcats rushed 46 times for 318 yards but were only able to get two scores out of it. Both were by Joey Mars.
“We kind of put an emphasis on it this week,” Pierce said about forcing turnovers. “We kind of knew with their style of offense, they had the ability to run the clock on you and if you don’t cause turnovers that can really put you in a bind. … These guys were able to go get the ball back for us and allow us to flip the field and get some extra touchdowns on the board.”