During last season’s undefeated Class 5A title run, Guthrie was second in the class with 273.2 rushing yards per game behind a strong offensive line.
Now the Bluejays enter this football season with just one returning starter in Conan Maltz and are looking to quickly gain some experience.
“We’ve got some kids that fit the mold,” first-year coach Kelly Beeby said. “They just haven’t played in the big games, and they work really hard in the weight room. We expect them to grow as the season progresses.”
And as the offensive line grows, so will the Bluejays as they rely on returning skill players such as Idae Alexander and L’liott Curry.
Still, the question mark about the offensive line left opposing coaches in District 5A-2 nearly split on how Guthrie would finish in the standings. In the six polls outside of its own, Guthrie was picked first three times and second three times.
DICKERSON LEADING QB BATTLE AT CARL ALBERT
Longtime Carl Albert coach Gary Rose has liked what he’s seen from junior Braxton Dickerson.
So much so that Dickerson is the frontrunner to be named the starting quarterback.
Dickerson will replace Stevie Thompson, who led the Titans to the 2012 state championship and last season accounted for 29 total touchdowns.
“We’re going to always be able to run the football, and we’re going to throw it if we have the guy and the receivers,” Rose said. “Braxton has the potential to do both.
“He’s not the runner that Stevie was. He could be eventually if he really works on that aspect, just because of his physical stature.”
LANDON LEADING DEER CREEK DEFENSE
Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said junior linebacker Blake Landon has only begun to tap into his potential.
“I think when it’s all said and done, he’ll have another really good year,” Gower said about his 6-foot-2, 205-pound leading tackler. “Really, the sky’s the limit.”
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