Deer Creek didn't find out until Saturday that its game against Southeast would be played Thursday instead of Friday.
After the Antlers shut out the Spartans 48-0 on Thursday at C.B. Speegle Stadium, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said it wound up being a good thing.
“It's always good coming off a loss to go out there and move on and it's nice that it was a day earlier,” Gower said. “It lets us get that out of our system and keep moving forward.”
Deer Creek lost to Guthrie, 35-7, a week earlier.
The Antlers didn't show any sign of a hangover from that defeat, though, at least after their first offensive play.
Deer Creek turned the ball over to start but controlled the game from that point.
The Antlers held Southeast to less than 70 yards of total offense and shut out an opponent for the second time this season.
Jared Rayburn intercepted two passes, returning one 20 yards for a touchdown.
“We came out expecting to do a lot better than we did last week,” Deer Creek receiver Hunter Dinkines said. “We've just got to forget about that and move on.”
Dinkines had two catches — both for touchdowns.
“I thought we played a lot better than we did against Guthrie,” Dinkines said. “Everybody did a great job of coming together as a team.”
Junior quarterback Joel Blumenthal threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. He completed 15 of his 17 passes before leaving late in the third with the game well in hand.
“I liked what we were able to do offensively,” Gower said. “We were able to get some younger kids good playing time and everybody gave good effort.”
Both of Blumenthal's final two touchdown passes — one to Dinkines and another to Grayson Johnson — came on fourth down.
Down 13-0 late in the first quarter, Southeast looked like it had a chance to climb back in the game, going on a 14-play drive that lasted nearly seven minutes.
But on fourth-and-1, Deer Creek's defense pinned Southeast quarterback Micah Hunter with a five-yard loss to get the ball back and two plays later Dinkines scored to put the Antlers up 20-0.
About the only negative for the Antlers was the penalties, as Deer Creek was flagged 14 times for 129 yards.
Deer Creek (4-1) hosts El Reno next Friday. Southeast (2-3) plays at Carl Albert.