All eyes will be on this weeks match up between Guthrie and rival Bishop McGuinness. With district title implications and bragging rights at stake, the Bluejays will look to keep their hopes of hosting a first round playoff game alive on senior night. If Guthrie wants to come out on top, they’ll have to stop Dominic Richardson.
Richardson will make the third Division 1 running back this Guthrie team has faced so far this season. (Will Phillips/Enid, Dadrian Taylor/Carl Albert).
Richardson has 3,648 career rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. This season, he has 790 yards and 15 touchdowns, and is averaging just under 100-yards rushing per game. As a team, McGuinness averages 301 yards per game and 38.6 points per game.
The Guthrie defense is known for stopping the run, giving up only 93 yards on the ground per game.
Since their first loss of the season against Del City in game number one, McGuinness has rattled off seven wins in a row. Since week three, McGuinness has held opponents to eight points or less, including two shut outs. The McGuinness defense is giving up 108 rushing yards per game and 76.9 passing yards per game.
The Guthrie offense is averaging 42.3 points per game and have eclipsed 28 points or more in seven of their eight games. Two weeks ago, the Bluejays were shut out against Carl Albert. They bounced back last week by putting up 70 points in their most lopsided victory in school history.
Now with another top-tier Class 5A opponent coming to The Rock, can Guthrie finish off drives and all but lock up a home playoff game? Time will tell. Kickoff is Friday at 7 pm.