Senior Cale Coffman was the last player to walk off the field. On the way to the locker room, still in his full uniform, he stopped at the 27-yard line and took one final look at the scoreboard. Guthrie 39, Lawton Eisenhower 7. In what was a rocky season for the Guthrie Bluejays, the senior class left one lasting image to remember them by.
“Typically in Guthrie you don’t know when your season is going to end unless you’re playing in a state championship,” Guthrie Head Coach Kelly Beeby said after the game. “It’s been a different animal for us knowing the finality of everything. The way these kids held themselves together was outstanding. You have to go back all the way to 2004 to relieve this experience we lived through tonight but for the boys to hold it together and play for each other and for the love of the game, I’m really proud of them.”
After falling to Woodward back in October, the odds to make it to their 16th straight postseason started to diminish. After falling to McGuinness last week, the Bluejays were officially eliminated from contention. Despite being on the outside looking in, the Bluejays put together arguably its best game of the 2019 season against Lawton Eisenhower.
The Bluejays dominated the Eagles, while also providing a look of what could be coming for Guthrie in the future.
Junior Kintoris Barber had his best game of his career, rushing for a career-high 259 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Junior Josh Rains had his best game under center, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Rains scored the Bluejays first two touchdowns of the night, scoring on runs from one and 53-yards out.
Lawton scored its lone touchdown with 8:26 to go in the first half. Barber followed that by scoring his first touchdown of the night on a 54-yard run.
In the second half, Rains found senior Justin Adams on a 35-yard touchdown pass to put the Bluejays up 25-7 with 10:12 to play in the third quarter.
On the next Guthrie possession, Rains found Jaylen Allison for a 34-yard touchdown. Barber scored Guthrie’s final touchdown with a season-long 91-yard touchdown run to put the Bluejays up 39-7.
Senior JD Coonfield ended his career with an interception and eight solo tackles on the night.
With the Bluejays taking over possession with less than a minute left, standing next to seniors Max Mefferd and Caed Guggisberg, Coffman reentered the game to take the final knee of the season. After taking the knee, the seniors, along with the rest of the offense, shared a hug at midfield bringing the 2019 season to an end.