GUTHRIE — Facing a crucial fourth-and-1 situation against Tulsa East Central in the Class 5A quarterfinals last season, Guthrie's offense failed to convert.
Guthrie went on to lose the game, ending a season that was successful even after losing star Kai Callins to a torn ACL.
The Bluejays enter this season with a new determination and a healthy Callins.
The key, though, will be the offensive line, which returns four starters after that disappointing finish.
“That was probably our weak link last year,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “They know that and they don't hide it. We're not degrading them in any way, we're challenging them.
“We realize that we were in a fourth-and-1 situation at Tulsa East Central to win the ballgame and we didn't get it done. If we're in that position this year, we better be going to the semifinals instead of going home.”
It will help to have Callins back at running back. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior was deeply missed last season. If healthy, he is easily a game-changer for the Bluejays.
And the team has plenty of playmakers.