GUTHRIE — Guthrie entered Friday night's game against district rival McGuinness motivated to erase the memory of last year's “embarrassing” loss to the Irish.
Led by senior running back Kai Callins and a smothering defense, top-ranked Guthrie rolled to a 33-7 victory over McGuinness to clinch the District 5A-2 title.
“We haven't overlooked anyone else this year, but we've been thinking about this game for a long time,” said Callins, who missed last season's 32-0 loss to McGuinness with a knee injury. “This whole season, and during the offseason, this was the only game we've been thinking about. To come out and play the way we did tonight is a really great feeling.”
Callins had 26 carries for 203 yards and touchdown runs of one and 53 yards. Junior running back Idae Alexander also found the end zone twice on the ground while rushing for 99 yards on 16 carries.
Guthrie (9-0, 6-0 in District 5A-2) dominated the game in the trenches on both sides of the ball, rushing for 339 yards and limiting the McGuinness rushing attack to just one yard on 18 attempts.
“They really embarrassed us last year,” said Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins. “They just mauled us. And I don't want to say we had this game circled all year, but we talked about it a lot this year and in the offseason.
“We definitely wanted this one. Where we got mauled last year was up front, and tonight we did the mauling with the offensive and defensive line.”