Guthrie entered the game allowing just 38.1 yards per game on the ground and 92.9 through the air. It also allowed just 8.9 points per game.
With those numbers, the defensive effort against the Antlers almost seemed normal.
“Deer Creek's got a great offense,” Watkins said. “They've been scoring points on everybody this year. For them to hold them the way they did tonight, I was really proud of them.”
Deer Creek (5-3, 3-2) had a few chances to score, getting inside the red zone three times but failing to score twice. The lone points came on a 25-yard field goal by Dillon Noble with just more than six minutes remaining in the third.
Callins, though, answered with a 27-yard TD run up the middle on the following possession to ice the game.
He finished with 129 yards on 20 carries, with the three touchdowns increasing his season total to 20 on the ground.
And, Callins said, that's the result of the improved offensive line.
“Honestly, that's the best line I've ever run with,” he said. “They've improved so much, they had so many doubters and they put in so much work in the offseason. Them and Idae Alexander, who had a big day blocking and running, just to have them make big holes for me was a big confidence booster.”