Even with the top defense in Class 5A last season, Guthrie was still missing a key player the majority of the season.
Safety Kelyn Hinds missed all but the final three games of the Bluejays’ championship run after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring practice as a sophomore.
Now it appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles.
“He’s a dynamic player that’s a really good tackler,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s the communication guy for our secondary. We may have to have him help us a little bit offensively either as a part of the running game or receiving game. We expect good things from him as the year goes on.”
PUTNAM CITY HAS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS
As the smallest school in Class 6A-I, Putnam City knows the challenges it faces.
But the Pirates have a set of offensive skill-position players prepared to compete at the top level.
Braden Hudson returns at quarterback after starting as a sophomore, and Denzel Dean heads a committee of running backs that bring a physical attack.
Chris Pogi, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, will be an intriguing player in the passing game. Pogi sat out last year after moving in, but the big, athletic wideout already has a scholarship offer from Tulsa.
DEFENDING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS MEET TUESDAY
The volleyball season is only a week old, and fans already have a championship-level match in store.
Defending Class 5A champion Heritage Hall, currently ranked No. 4 in the class, is scheduled to visit reigning 4A champ and top-ranked Mount St. Mary at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both programs are undefeated on the season.
The match can be viewed via webcast at www.msmrockets.com.
FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location.
The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance.
Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.