EDMOND — Kai Callins is just happy to be on the field.
After suffering a season-ending injury in last season's opener, the senior running back continued his impressive comeback Friday with three touchdowns to guide No. 1 Guthrie to a 28-3 rout of No. 5 Deer Creek.
“It feels good to get in the end zone, but most importantly I'm just thankful I'm able to play,” Callins said.
The Bluejays remain perfect on the season with an 8-0 record and remain firmly in control of District 5A-2 with a 5-0 record heading into next week's big game against McGuinness.
“We've got to win,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “We physically got beat up by McGuinness last year. We've got to come ready to play this year and I think the kids are.”
They were certainly ready for Deer Creek, dominating from the opening kickoff.
Callins scored on the second possession on a 3-yard keeper out of the Wildcat formation and then scored from 2 yards out on another keeper on the next possession.
Deer Creek quarterback Caden Sander then fumbled inside the Antlers' 20 to set up a 12-yard TD pass by Guthrie's Reed Roberts to L'liott Curry for a 21-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the half.
By the break, Guthrie had run 35 plays to Deer Creek's 18.
“The first half our offensive line, we thought, played really well and came off the ball and hit people,” Watkins said. “We bullied them around a little bit in the first half.”
The Bluejays' defense finished the night allowing just 133 total yards, including holding the Antlers to minus-14 yards rushing.
It was a performance that even surprised Callins, who also played cornerback.