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High school football: Guthrie beat Deer Creek in overtime

Down by a touchdown with less than 1:30 remaining, the defending 5A state champions drove down the field to force overtime, then came out with a 42-35 win over Deer Creek on Thursday at Jelsma Stadium.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 18, 2012
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photo - Guthrie's Blaze Hastings, left, and L'Liott Curry celebrate a fumble recovery  the high school football game between Guthrie and Deer Creek at Guthrie, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Guthrie's Blaze Hastings, left, and L'Liott Curry celebrate a fumble recovery the high school football game between Guthrie and Deer Creek at Guthrie, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

— Guthrie keeps finding ways to win.

Down by a touchdown with less than 1:30 remaining, the defending 5A state champions drove down the field to force overtime, then came out with a 42-35 win over Deer Creek on Thursday at Jelsma Stadium.

“I know my heart's in good shape because if it wasn't, it'd be gone after that one,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said.

Deer Creek looked like it went ahead with less than two minutes to go in the game on Dillon Noble's 36-yard field goal.

But the Antlers chose to accept a roughing the kicker penalty, taking the points off the board.

It immediately paid off on Alec James' 9-yard touchdown run on the next play put Deer Creek ahead.

“Honestly, I'm just thinking, ‘Can we do this two home games in a row?'” Guthrie quarterback Bryan Dutton said.

Two weeks ago, Dutton led the Bluejays to a come-from-behind 21-17 win over Carl Albert at home.

After a pair of incompletions, Dutton started to pick apart the Antlers' defense, completing four passes in five plays to move the ball to the Deer Creek 20.

On third and 7 from the 17, Guthrie went to the same play — though out of a different formation — that it used to beat Carl Albert.

Instead of a touchdown, the Antlers drew a pass interference call. Guthrie followed the penalty with an 8-yard pass to Cody Reihs to tie the game with two seconds left.

“He's a heck of a quarterback,” Guthrie running back J.T. McFadden said of Dutton.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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