Football season is rapidly approaching. As of today, we are only 34 days away from kickoff in Logan County. In anticipation of football season, starting today I will take a look at all 10 games for the Guthrie Bluejays and rank them in order of difficulty from 10 (worst) to 1 (best).
There will be several factors figured into the rankings, including: recent series history, difficulty, location, importance, and anticipated margin.
No. 10 | NW Classen
When: Game 8
Friday, Oct. 25 (7 p.m.)
Homecoming at Guthrie
The Knights haven’t experienced a victory on the gridiron since their season opener in 2017 when they beat SeeWorth Academy 26-2. Northwest Classen is 0-19 since, scoring only 113 points—a mere 5.9 points per game in that span. The Knights have been shutout nine times in the past two seasons—including two separate 70-0 outings.
The Knights had a brutal October, losing to Carl Albert, Woodward, Guthrie and Piedmont by a combined 254-7, giving up an average of 63.5 points per game in that stretch.
Last time: The Guthrie Bluejays put up 50 points in 16 minutes of game play, forcing a running clock to be activated. The Bluejay defense forced four turnovers, giving them 27 on the season to that point, while Tervae Williams returned an interception for a touchdown, giving Guthrie it’s 10th defensive touchdown of the season. Nine different Bluejays found the end zone. Guthrie’s 70-point margin of defeat is the largest in school history.
No. 9 | Guymon
When: Game 5
Friday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m.)
The Guymon Tigers have won three or more games only once in the last 12 seasons. They’ve won three games total in the last three years. Guymon struggled mightily to score in 2018, as they scored over six points in just two games last season. Guymon’s highest scoring output came against Northwest Classen in the season finale, where they snapped a nine-game losing streak, beating the Knights 21-14 in overtime.
Outside of their lone win, the Tigers were dominated inside the district. Guymon was outscored 315-35 in their six other games, including a 70-6 defeat at the hands of the Bluejays.
Last time: Jackson Waddell was nearly perfect against the Tigers, completing eight of his 10 passes for 81 yards and three touchdowns. He added two scores on the ground, giving him five total touchdowns on the night. The Bluejays put up 56 points in the first half as they cruised to a 70-6 victory.
No. 8 | Lawton Ike
When: Game 10
Friday, Nov. 8 (7 p.m.)
Senior Night at Guthrie
Lawton Ike has struggled on the gridiron since 2010. The Eagles have managed to hit the six-win mark just one time over the last eight seasons. After reaching five wins in 2017, Ike took a step back last year, winning just two games (Northeast and Guymon).
Lawton Ike will look to put the past behind them as they start a new era of Eagle football under first-year head coach Eric Gibson. Unfortunately for Gibson and the rest of the Eagles, they’ll be walking into Jelsma Stadium in Week 10 for Senior Night. The Bluejays have only lost twice on Senior Night in the last 15 years. The Bluejays are 2-1 against Lawton Ike over the past three seasons, winning 41-6 last season. Guthrie’s lone loss to the Eagles came in 2017 when Ike won 41-21.
Last time: The Bluejays entered week 10 last season looking to wrap up their best finish to a regular season since 2014. Running back Josh Rains had his breakout game, scoring three touchdowns, two on the run, one through the air, as the Bluejays routed the Eagles 41-6 to finish the regular season 8-2.
No. 7 | Woodward
When: Game 6
Friday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m.)
Woodward will enter Jelsma Stadium in the second week of October looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Guthrie Bluejays. The Bluejays have won 16 out of the last 30 all-time meetings.
The Boomers will look a little different than years past as Rick Leutjen takes over the Woodward program after spending the last 10 seasons at Hennessey. Leutjen’s one-back, spread attack will allow quarterback Parker Pruett to make plays. Pruett is a three-year starter for the Bombers and he will have an experienced bunch on the offensive side of the ball to help him. Woodward returns eight offensive starters including five linemen.
Last time: The Guthrie offense exploded in the second quarter, as Jackson Waddell found Brody Hinkle for a 21-yard touchdown before CJ Ward scored on a nine-yard run. Waddell then found Ward on a 69-yard touchdown pass before David Vargas nailed a 32-yard field goal. By halftime, Guthrie held a commanding 31-6 lead.
No. 6 | Enid
When: Game 1
Friday, Aug. 30 (7 p.m.) Season Opener at Guthrie
The Guthrie Bluejays will open the 2019 season with 6A-I Enid High School. It will be the fourth year in a row the two teams have met in the season opener. Guthrie has won two out of the three in that span.
The Plainsmen haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and haven’t won a playoff game since 2006. They are a combined 17-43 in the past six seasons. First-year head coach Rashaun Woods will look to change that as he takes over the Enid program. Woods, a former Oklahoma State All-American, will implement the spread attack, and will look to throw the ball all over the field.
Last time: The Guthrie defense scored five touchdowns in their 57-19 win over Enid. Campbell Leach, Cale Coffman, CJ Ward, Tervae Williams, and JD Coonfield all had touchdowns for the defense, giving Guthrie its second game in two years were the defense scored five touchdowns. (The first came against Piedmont in 2017 when the Bluejays returned five interceptions for touchdowns).
**Check back next week for Part 2, where we will look at the five hardest games on the schedule.