GUTHRIE â€” Call on Kentrell Brothers and chances are he'll answer.
Need Brothers to throw a touchdown pass? Check. Need him to catch a touchdown pass? Check. Need him to run for touchdown? Check.
Guthrie didn't really use their star that often Friday night, but when they did he came up big, completing the above checklist and a little more on defense as the second-ranked Bluejays won a slugfest against No. 7 Coweta 27-3 at Jelsma Stadium in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Brothers' stats weren't the â€œwowâ€ kind, but the University of Missouri commit was the perfect â€œJohnny on the spotâ€ when the pressure was on.
â€œIt's too bad when you have two good teams like this that one has to lose,â€ Brothers said. â€œBut I had a dream I was going to have a big game and it came true. I don't think I've ever had a game where I've run, caught and thrown for touchdown, but we came up big when we had to.â€
But nothing came easy for Guthrie (11-1).
Coweta (9-3) begrudgingly gave up yards, forcing the Bluejays to drive 80 and 83 yards to take a 14-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Bryan Dutton found Brothers from 13 yards out for their first score. Then Brothers found Marcus Ware in the second period after taking a pitch from Dutton, bobbling the ball before delivering a perfect 24-yard pass.
â€œWe just put that play in this week or last week I don't remember,â€ Brothers said. â€œI just saw Marcus open and I threw it.â€
It was Brothers' final touchdown, a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter, that put the Tigers to bed.
He was the workhorse of the 78-yard drive, which chewed up almost seven minutes and included a 22-yard run that had him carrying half the Coweta defense downfield.
â€œHey, Kentrell is no secret,â€ Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. â€œYou expect your big-time players to come up with big-time games and he did that. And not only does he do it on offense, but he does it on defense, too.â€
Guthrie limited the Tigers' ground game to just 58 yards and forced quarterback Trevor Sumpter to the air 32 times.
â€œThat was our game plan,â€ Watkins said. â€œThey're a tough, physical bunch that comes right at you and we were fortunate on defense to take the run away and make plays. They threw 32 passes and they just don't usually do that.â€
The Bluejays also got a nice game from tailback Derrik Kelly. The senior slashed and weaved his way for 121 yards to lead all rushers.
Coweta got on the board when Caleb Thomas booted a 46-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, cutting the score to 14-3.
Meanwhile, the Tigers' defense was working overtime, limiting Guthrie to six plays in the third period.
But that's when Brothers took over. He finished with 58 yards rushing on six carries and pulled in three passes for 42.