With 1:33 left in the third quarter, Jackson Waddell stood on the sidelines in street clothes, laughing with teammates as the 70th point flickered on to the scoreboard. It was that kind of night for the Guthrie Bluejays, as they put on a historic performance against the Guymon Tigers on Homecoming night, scoring a school record 70 points, scoring 10 touchdowns in three quarters before a running clock was initiated.
Before changing into street clothes, Waddell accounted for half of those touchdowns, scoring all five in the first half. His first two were done by his legs, the other three were done by his arm. He finished the night completing 80 percent of his passes (8-of-10) for 81 yards and three touchdowns, while carrying it five times for 56 yards and two touchdowns. He helped engineer an offense that was incredibly efficient.
In the first half, the Bluejays had seven offensive possessions--they scored on all of them. By the time Guthrie entered the locker room at half, they held a commanding 49-0 lead.
The Bluejays were able to put up points in a hurry thanks in part to their defense. Guthrie’s streak of defensive touchdowns may have come to an end, but in the first half against the Guymon triple option attack, the Bluejays were as dominant as they have been all season.
In their seven offensive possessions, Guymon ran 21 plays for -36 yards. They didn’t register a single first down and failed to make it past midfield once.
Guymon’s lone score came in the third quarter against Guthrie’s back ups. If not for the 71-yard touchdown on fourth and four, the Tigers would have finished with three total yards of offense and -2 yards rushing.
After the Guymon touchdown, CJ Ward returned the ensuing kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown. It was Ward’s second special teams touchdown of the night. The Bluejays have now scored a non-offensive touchdown in every game this season.
Kaiden Ballard-Stevenson put the finishing touches on the game, scoring on a 14-yard quarterback run to put Guthrie up 69-0 with the extra point pending. With Waddell on the sideline, Ballard-Stevenson had to hold the PAT attempt. David Vargas nailed it, pushing Guthrie past their previous high at 69, to 70.
“We’ve scored 69 points a bunch of times here at Guthrie, but never 70,” Guthrie Head Coach Kelly Beeby said. “The last extra point we had, our number one holder was out so Kaiden came in and held. It was quite a night for us.”
With the win, the Bluejays move to 5-0. They are one of six unbeaten teams remaining in Class 5A. With a colossal match up awaiting Guthrie next week with rival (5-0) Carl Albert coming to The Rock, Beeby says there is zero chance that this team overlooks (2-3) Woodward this Friday.
“Absolutely not,” Beeby said. “We will be 100 percent focused on Woodward this week. If you don’t take care of business this week, next week doesn’t mean near as much.”
This team has done a great job of focusing on the team that’s next on the schedule. It’s something that has been driven home in their practices. Forget taking it game by game, the Bluejays take it play by play.
“For us, it’s rep by rep, it’s not game by game” Beeby said. “We have to get better every day. There are five or six things on Monday that we have to get better at and five or six more things on Tuesday. We focus on the present and focus on things we can control. There are only two things you can control and that’s your attitude and your effort. That’s what we focus on and right now it’s been successful for us.”
The Bluejays will make the trip 129 miles east this Friday as they look to stay atop the district standings. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.