As we enter week four of the high school football season, games will mean a little bit more now as district games begin for all Logan County teams. Here’s a look at Guthrie vs Piedmont.
(1-2) Guthrie vs (2-1) Piedmont
At A Glance:
The Guthrie Bluejays limp into the first district game of the season coming off two straight losses and a bye week. After opening the year with a win over Enid, the Bluejays struggled against Shawnee and Ponca City. Piedmont, on the other hand, seems to be figuring things out under first-year head coach Jeff Hall. The Wildcats stumbled out of the gate against El Reno but have since bounced back with back-to-back wins over Weatherford and Noble, putting up 28 points in both games.
Guthrie wins if…
If the Bluejays want to get back into the win column this week, they will have to be able to stop the potent rushing attack of the Wildcats. The Bluejays pride themselves in stopping the run and they will get plenty of opportunities to do that Friday night. The Wildcats have implemented the Wing-T offense this season and rely heavily on imposing their will on the ground through misdirection and downhill running. Against Noble last week, the Wildcats ran the ball 49 times for 407 yards. They attempted only one pass on the night and that was to clock the ball right before halftime. If Guthrie can put the Wildcats into third and long situations and force them to throw the ball, the Bluejays could put themselves in a good position for a big district win.
Piedmont wins if…
There’s no secret here, Piedmont wins this game if they can control the line of scrimmage and march down the field on the Guthrie defense. If they can do that, it will create a ton of pressure on a struggling Guthrie offense to produce points. If Guthrie isn’t able to stop Piedmont on offense, the Bluejays might only get a possession or two a quarter to score.
The Bluejays have had to hear about their struggles for two weeks. Coming back home to The Rock facing an offense that plays right into the hands of a Kelly Beeby coached defense, Guthrie squeaks this one out late.
Guthrie 21, Piedmont 14