Guthrie (13-0) vs. Bixby (11-2) •When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. •Where: Owen Field, Norman •Tickets: $5Comments
Key matchup: Bixby's kick coverage vs. Guthrie kick returners•Bixby's kick coverage teams: The Spartans pride themselves on strong defense and a solid running game but a mistake in kick coverage could be the difference in the game. Bixby coach Pat McGrew may elect to kick the ball out of bounds, otherwise he could end up looking like Mike Shanahan. •Guthrie kick returners Josh King and Clayton Smith : The duo has helped Guthrie return a kick for a touchdown in each of its playoff wins thus far including three kick returns for scores (one each for King and Smith) in Week 11 against Ardmore. Even if they don't get their hands on the ball, the threat could result in great field position for Guthrie. Advantage: Guthrie. •A coach's take: "Bixby is a very good running team and their defense is talented and swarming. (As far as Guthrie) I don't think they have any weaknesses. I talked to a coach who said the two most talented teams I've seen are (Tulsa) Union and Guthrie.” •Last Meeting: Guthrie 31, at Bixby 15, Week 12, 2006 playoffs.
Key statisticsGuthrie •QB/HB Kye Staley: 95 rushes for 961 yards, 21 touchdowns. 9 catches for 307 yards, 3 touchdowns. 31-45 for 502 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, 1 interception. •LB Jack Dumas: 128 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions Bixby •LB Beau Bentley: 131 tackles, 17 sacks •RB Dalton Irvin: 151 rushes for 1,085 yards and 15 touchdowns By Brandon Chatmon