High school football: McAlester offense will test Guthrie's stout defense

Due to weather, an extra week to prepare for McAlester might not be a bad thing. Guthrie will practice the next few days indoors at Lazy E Arena.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 9, 2013
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photo - McAlester’s Jarome Smith, left, fights off Deer Creek’s Chad Draper during a 2012 playoff game.   Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives
McAlester’s Jarome Smith, left, fights off Deer Creek’s Chad Draper during a 2012 playoff game. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

GUTHRIE — Kai Callins has been impressed with McAlester's offense.

Callins, a four-year starter for Guthrie, has seen some good ones, too. But few compare to the arsenal the second-ranked Buffaloes bring to the Class 5A championship football game Saturday night at 7 in Boone Pickens Stadium.

“Out of all the years I've been here, I think they're the second-best offense,” Callins said, citing Tulsa Washington's 2010 offense that won the 5A title as the best.

An extra week to prepare for the Buffaloes might not be a bad thing, though it certainly has had its issues.

Guthrie has not really practiced since Wednesday, but got together Monday to go over film. The Bluejays will seek shelter and practice the next few days at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.

“It's just an inconvenience right now trying to work around this weather,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “I'm just glad that (the new owners) are going to allow us to do that.”

It'll be much-needed time to prepare for the top offense in the class.

McAlester (12-1) averages 52.8 points per game and has not scored below 28 points all season. The Buffaloes also average nearly 270 yards rushing per game.

“Everybody thinks they're a passing offense, and they were in 2011 when we played them in the semifinals, but now they have Jarome Smith and the quarterback (Dalton Wood) is 6-4, 230 pounds and he can hurt you,” Watkins said.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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