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Running game versus the passing game: Guthrie, Deer Creek

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Guthrie and Deer Creek will decide the district championship in a week 10 showdown in Edmond. Both teams are guaranteed first round play-off games next week and play for the right to perhaps host a second round game.

Photo Courtesy of Mickey Staudt - Glimmer Photography

Photo Courtesy of Mickey Staudt – Glimmer Photography

Guthrie (9-0) enters unbeaten and winners of 23 straight games while Deer Creek (6-3) enters winners of six straight games after dropping their first three games to Class 6A competition. The radio broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame with the kickoff set for 7 p.m.

The game should match up two completely different offenses. One team depends on the run game and the other will look for points through the air.

The Antlers will showcase an up tempo spread offense that will bring in a passing offense of 230 yards per game. The pass happy offense threw 38 passes in a triple overtime win over McGuinness, 32 against Yukon and 28 passes two weeks ago against Carl Albert.

Headlining the offense is quarterback Clayton Sims who completes 59 percent of his passes. The junior has thrown 22 passing scores compared to only four interceptions.

Sims highlights several receivers in the spread offense, but his two favorite targets are Zack Kerstetter and Noah McGraw.

Both pass catchers should go over 1,000 yards receiving this year.

Kerstetter, a sophomore, has grabbed 60 passes for 965 yards and nine scores. Even more impressive is McGraw with 61 catches, 946 yards and 16 touchdowns.

2011 Photo

2011 Photo

As defenses gear up for the pass, the Antlers will look to insert running back Tahj Davidson to throw a curve ball at the defense. The junior has nearly 400 yards and five scores.

Deer Creek’s offense will be challenged by Guthrie’s defense that has been stellar against the run.

Defensively, the Jays have seen passing games from Ponca City and Sand Springs and are allowing an average of less than 100 yards per game.

Guthrie’s offense may play a factor in helping their defensive unit by running the ball, sustaining drives and limiting the number of the Antler’s offensive snaps.

The Jays running game, averaging 256 yards per game, is led by Idae Alexander, who has gone over 200 yards rushing on multiple times, including last week against Carl Albert with 242 yards.

Jays controlling the series with seven wins

Guthrie will go for their fifth district title in the past eight seasons and in the process go for their seventh straight win against Deer Creek dating back to 2007.

The two teams will likely play one final time in the 2015 season before the Antlers move on to 6A Division 2.

In the sixth straight wins, the BlueJays were threaten only once in the 42-35 thrilling overtime win in 2012. In the other five games, the Jays have outscored the Antlers 197-17.

Guthrie leads the overall series 7-2 since the two programs began playing in 2004.

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