MIDWEST CITY — For the first 11 minutes of the second half, negative momentum just kept piling up against Guthrie in Friday night's clash of Class 5A's No. 1 vs. No. 2.
Top-ranked Carl Albert's Stevie Thompson had returned an interception for a touchdown to tie the game, then he popped the No. 2 Bluejays again with a 32-yard, go-ahead touchdown run on offense.
And in between, Guthrie's star running back, Kai Callins, limped off the field with an injury.
At the brink of potentially being dump-trucked by the defending Class 5A champion Titans, Guthrie running back Idae Alexander turned it all around with two crucial touchdown runs to give the Bluejays a 28-21 win at Carl Albert.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior took a handoff on third down-and-three from the Guthrie 47 late in the third quarter and shot through the line on his way to a 53-yard touchdown.
Callins re-entered the game and intercepted a Thompson pass two plays later, but Alexander was the workhorse on the vital 13-play touchdown drive that followed. He carried the ball eight times on the drive, scoring from 7 yards out to put Guthrie on top 28-21.
“He's made big plays for us all year,” quarterback Reed Roberts said. “Idae is gonna run you over and get as many yards as he can, and that really helps out in tough games like this.”
Alexander finished with 182 yards on 21 carries, with 130 yards and two scores on 17 rushes in the second half. Callins had 73 yards on 18 attempts, but carried only once after getting hurt.
Yet after all that, it was a clutch defensive stop that clinched the game for the Bluejays.