The Edmond Sun
The Guthrie Blue Jays came to Deer Creek High School with a direct motive Friday night.
And, undefeated Guthrie forthrightly toppled the Antlers 28-3 behind Kai Callins’ 139 yards rushing, three touchdowns and a dominating performance on defense at the line of scrimmage to hold Deer Creek to minus-13 yards rushing. In contrast, the Blue Jays trekked for 247 yards on the ground on 43 attempts.
Callins got Guthrie (8-0) up 14-0 with the initial two scores of the game and set himself up on each TD. Late in the opening stanza, the 5-10, 180-pound senior returned a punt 27 yards to the Antler 30 before taking a direct snap and plowing into the end zone from three yards out.
The Jays called another direct snap with 7:38 left before halftime to Callins as he scored again, this time from two yards away. Callins used a sharp move to dodge a Deer Creek defender and swirled around left end 32 yards to set up the second score.
It was the Antlers who set up Guthrie’s next TD, with a botched snap out of the shotgun as Blue Jay Beau Davis recovered the pigskin on the Deer Creek 16.
L’liott Curry then caught a lob pass deep in the left corner of the end zone from 12 yards out from quarterback Reed Roberts and the air left Deer Creek’s sails down three touchdowns.
The Antlers, now 5-3, had negative yards rushing mainly because the Jays took down quarterback Caden Sander nine times behind the line of scrimmage. But Sander did connect for 143 passing yards, 58 of which went to Cole Verble on six catches. Teammates Noah McGraw (1-30) and Michael Wilton (1-20) each had a big reception. McGraw caught a perfect pass down the left sideline from Sander while closely guarded. McGraw still made a catch even though he was interfered with on the play as his grab put the ball at the Blue Jay 46-yard line.
The drive, however, stalled out on downs.
Verble’s jump up and snag while falling backward went 37 yards on a third-and-30 predicament that set up the Antlers’ lone score of the evening, a Dillon Noble 25-yard field goal.
Callins put an end to the scoring with 3:38 remaining in the third period on a tip-toeing 27-yard run up the middle for the 28-3 final.
Defensively, Sander had a nice minus-1 tackle on the shifty Callins in the second quarter and fellow Antler Bryson Bowers took down Guthrie running back Idae Alexander for a loss of a yard.
Deer Creek will host Northwest next Friday.