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When Guthrie has the ball

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When the Guthrie offense has the football and working against the Carl Albert defense, it will match the Jays 34 points a contest against the Titans defense, who allows the fewest points a game in 5A.

The Jays are arguably the most balance team in Class 5A by averaging just under 200 yards rushing and just above 200 yards passing. The biggest threat for the Titans secondary to try to contain is the Bryan Dutton – Kentrell Brothers combination.

Dutton, the Jays sophomore quarterback, has piled up 1,176 passing yards with 660 of those yards finding the senior Brothers. Dutton, who will be playing in his 20th game, needs 268 more yards to become Guthrie’s all time passer for a career after throwing for 2,101 yards his freshmen year.

Meanwhile, Brothers leads Class 5A in catches (28), yards, and touchdown receptions (9). The Titans will have a few options in covering up the 6’1 receiver starting with junior defensive back Alex Poston. Poston leads Class 5A with four interceptions, but may need help in covering Brothers. CA is allowing just 72 passing yards this season, but have not seen a true passing attack in their first six games.

In last year’s Titan blow-out win (40-14) over Guthrie, the Titans held Brothers to just two catches for 60-yards. Dutton managed to complete 8-of-10 passes, but for just 105 yards. Overall, Guthrie could manage just 166 yards of offense.

This season, the Titans will look towards junior defensive end Darren Colquitt to put pressure on Dutton. Colquitt leads CA with four sacks and is fifth best in 5A.

CA’s leading tackler is in the middle of the 4-4 defense in junior Kevin Jones, who has 42 tackles and three sacks. Fellow defensive back, junior Justin Love, has recorded 39 tackles.

The Titans have not allowed no more than 14 points in a game this season and have allowed just 20 points in district play. The Titans, who have just three seniors on the defense that starts, has a solid junior class. Highlighting the junior class is Taylor Hawkins, who had to leave the defense and move to the quarterback spot after an injury to Dillian Dansby in Week 3. Hawkins, who stood-out in last year state championship game, has not played defense, but may sneak into the secondary if needed.

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