Kai Callins' big night in Guthrie's 43-0 win over Duncan Friday night was followed by bad news Saturday.
Callins said he felt a pop in his knee trying to make jab step on a run, and learned Saturday that he tore his ACL and will be out for the season.
“That's the first thing that went through my mind, but I was able to get up and walk off the field,” said Callins, one of the state's top players in the junior class. “It was hard to put pressure on it so they took me out early and had me sit out the rest of the game.”
Callins moved to running back this year after starting as a sophomore receiver on last season's Bluejays' 5A state championship team.
Against Duncan, Callins only had four carries but scored twice, on runs of 61 and 43 yards. He also caught a 15-touchdown pass. His role this season was expected to be significant for Guthrie as a running back, receiver and defensive back.
Putnam City North starts strong
Putnam City North's last two seasons have begun with the frustration of losses to their top rival, Putnam City.
So Friday night's 42-27 win over the Pirates was a big lift to a PC North team out to prove itself this season.
Coach Bob Wilson was pleased with how his team played after it got the lead.
“When they would come back, we would come right back at them,” he said. “The defense played well. We had a couple of fumbles and they held up well. We had a big goal-line stand at the end.”
Senior quarterback John Robert Simon gave the offense a good balance, throwing the ball consistently and showing his running ability as well. In addition, running back Tae Moore had 130 yards, and Nathaniel Ocran added a couple of touchdown runs.
“Offensive coordinator Scott Burger did a nice job of mixing up the pass and run,” Wilson said. “It was good to be able to score that many points. I don't know if we've done that in a while.”
The Panthers visit Mustang next week.
FREEMAN CONFIDENT IN QUICK RETURN
Midwest City offensive lineman Carlos Freeman, one of the top players in the state, missed most of the second half of the Bombers' 50-42 loss to Edmond Santa Fe on Thursday night.
Freeman injured his knee but wanted to return late in the game. Midwest City decided to be cautious.
He's expected to miss part of the week's practices but should be back in time for their game against Stillwater this week.
“It swelled up pretty bad but there's no pain now,” Freeman said after the game. “They just didn't want me to come back too quick and take a chance of hurting it again.”
DEFENSE, SPECIAL TEAMS LIFT EL RENO
El Reno coach Shawn Mason knew the Indians defense would have to shoulder much of the load early in the season.
They did Friday night, with quite a bit of help from the special teams, as El Reno beat Woodward 30-7.
El Reno's Mason Archer blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for the game's first touchdown, Hunter Freeman returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and Justin Brown returned a punt 70 yards for another score as El Reno blew the game open in the second half.
“It's going to be a team effort for us,” Mason said. “We don't have any superstars on this team. We've got to have a guy here or a guy there making those plays and that's what they did last night.”
El Reno had just 158 yards of total offense, but Mason said he was encouraged overall by the group that has just two returning starters.
“We're going to have some mistakes here and there because of our youth but we did some good things,” Mason said.
OCS COMES FROM BEHIND
Oklahoma Christian coach Derek Turner called Friday night's 27-24 come-from-behind win over Metro Christian one of the biggest victories in his six years as the Saints head coach.
“That was probably one of the top two or three non-playoff wins,” Turner said. “It might have been No. 1. To beat a ranked team in the class above us, and a highly ranked team, a lot of people had them No. 1 in 3A and they might very well still win it. That is as a big a win as I can remember.”
Oklahoma Christian rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first came when quarterback Austin Brooks hit Connor Sikes over the middle. Sikes slipped between two defenders and raced 60 yards for the score.
Then what proved to be the game-winning touchdown came with eight minutes left when cornerback Luke Frankfurt intercepted a pass and returned it 49 yards or a touchdown.
Brooks was 18 of 32 in the game for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Sikes caught four balls for 78 yards while Cole Peak had four receptions for 63 yards. Frankfurt rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries.
Metro Christian, which entered the game ranked No. 6 in 3A, missed what would have been a game-tying field goal with 25 seconds left.