Guthrie

Quarterback Kaiden Ballard-Stevenson pitches the ball to running back Kintoris Barber during the first quarter. [Photo by Parker Burnett]

With only four minutes off the game clock in the first quarter, the Guthrie Bluejays found themselves in a hole. The Shawnee Wolves needed only eight plays to find the endzone twice, leaving the Bluejays down 13-0. 

Guthrie’s offense responded with a monumental drive on its second possession of the game, capping off a 11-play drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Josh Rains on fourth and three from the Shawnee six yard line. 

The next two offensive drives for Shawnee ended with turnovers, as Tervae Williams and Cale Coffman both intercepted Dre’ Evans, giving the Bluejays great field possession with a chance to take the lead. Guthrie would squander both opportunities, as both turnovers led to zero points for the Bluejays. Guthrie would force another turnover in the second half, but like the first two, it would lead to no points. 

The Wolves would capitalize on two of Guthrie’s three turnovers, scoring touchdowns on the following drives. The Bluejays second turnover of the game proved to be the most costly of them all. 

With Guthrie trailing 25-23 with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Bluejay defense forced a turnover on downs in the redzone. With the ball back and a chance to take the lead, the Bluejays fumbled on their second play of the drive, allowing Shawnee to score five plays later to go up 10 with 1:34 to play to put the game out of reach. 

Despite the inability to produce points off of turnovers, the Bluejays had opportunities to win their sixth straight game over a 6A opponent. Guthrie missed several connections in the passing game in the fourth quarter that could’ve put the Bluejays in front. 

“We’ve got to do a better job of making plays,” Guthrie Head Coach Kelly Beeby said. “We had some opportunities and had some things open. But I thought we fought hard and we gave ourselves a chance in the end. Being in a game like this is only going to make us better.”

One of the bright spots for the Bluejays was the play of wide receiver Jaylen Allison. Allison hauled in six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Josh Rains added 19 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Bluejays will now travel to 6A-2 Ponca City who beat Enid High School last week 6-3. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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