Evan Ille faked out his blocker and had a clear path to the punter. As the junior linebacker laid out, he caught the full force of the Altus punt right in the chest. “It felt great,” Ille said. “It was something we had game-planned all week. Nobody blocked me at all.” Ille’s punt block was recovered in the end zone by fellow linebacker Sam Bass for the Irish’s first touchdown on the night, spurring Bishop McGuinness to a dominant 38-14 victory over visiting Altus in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. After Altus drove down the field on its first possession, scoring on a 21-yard sprint by quarterback Kobi Gomez, McGuinness played lights-out defense and forced three turnovers to put the game away. Altus’ triple-option attack was a concern for McGuinness coach Bryan Pierce entering the game, but he said the Bulldogs’ opening drive was a wake-up call for his defense. “It comes a lot faster out here, and it took us some time to get used to their speed,” Pierce said. “I thought we really stood our ground and found a groove after that.” McGuinness’ first score was a 28-yard Zach Schmit field goal, and the Irish followed that with the Ille punt block for a touchdown on the next series.