High schools: Guthrie favored to trim Deer Creek in battle of 5A unbeatens

Guthrie has played in plenty of big games — plus, it hosts the Antlers at “The Rock”
By Ryan Aber Published: October 17, 2012
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photo - Carl Albert's Caleb Toney rushes up field as Deer Creek's Alec James looks to make a tackle during the high school football game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Deer Creek High School, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Carl Albert's Caleb Toney rushes up field as Deer Creek's Alec James looks to make a tackle during the high school football game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Deer Creek High School, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Most intriguing matchup

Class 5A No. 3 Deer Creek (7-0) at No. 1 Guthrie (7-0)

Why bother: Easy — two of the best offenses and two of the best defenses in Class 5A go head-to-head in what will basically be the first game of a three-team round-robin to decide the top-three playoff spots in District 5A-2. Another undefeated team in the district — Bishop McGuinness — will host Guthrie and Deer Creek in the final two weeks. The only time either of these teams have been pushed came in wins over Carl Albert.

The pick: Guthrie 21, Deer Creek 18

Guthrie has plenty of experience in these big games, having won last year's Class 5A title. Deer Creeks had a big victory earlier in the season when it beat Carl Albert after struggling to knock off the top teams in 5A for the past few seasons. But beating Guthrie — especially at The Rock — is a different animal. Guthrie quarterback Bryan Dutton has a knack for finding a way to help his team come out ahead in tight games. Dutton once again works his magic to keep Guthrie's undefeated season intact.

Other top attractions

Class A No. 7 Cashion (7-0) at No. 8 Crescent (7-0)

Plot: For the first time since 2008, the teams enter their matchup undefeated. That season, though, the meeting came in the third week of the season. This one means much more, as the District A-3 title figures to be on the line (Crescent has yet to face Watonga, which has only lost to Cashion in A-3 action).

Starring: Both teams have high-powered offenses. Crescent quarterback Preston Walker has thrown for 1,416 yards and 20 touchdowns with just five interceptions while Cashion's T.J. Reasnor has 1,208 yards, 15 touchdowns and just a single interception. Crescent's Michael Cronister has nearly 800 yards rushing. Cashion's T.J. Martin is over the 500-yard mark.



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