GUTHRIE — Over the second half of the 2012 season, Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins kept noticing the talent of his sophomore scout-team running back.
Had the situation been different, Idae Alexander probably would have been in line for more first-team action, because Watkins knew what kind of player he had.
On Friday night, Alexander made certain that others around the state will be taking notice, too.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound junior rushed for 180 yards on 21 carries and scored game's final two touchdowns in a 28-21 win over No. 1 Carl Albert.
A year ago at this time, Alexander had just finally gotten onto the practice field after working his way through the OSSAA eligibility system following his move into the Guthrie school district.
“He just got lost in the shuffle,” Watkins said. “We had two or three guys who knew the offense better, and he just never got in the mix. He always gave us a good look as a scout teamer and he got tougher because of that.
“Then he ran track and got faster. He did a great job in the weight room in the offseason, and has really been running hard.”
Alexander had made big plays before Friday night. For the year, he has rushed for 587 yards and 13 touchdowns. But at Carl Albert, Alexander was on a different stage — yet he performed just as well.
His 53-yard touchdown run to tie the game in the third quarter came one series after starter Kai Callins had left with an injury.
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