With the Guthrie offense settling into their victory formation, senior Cale Coffman walked the sidelines high-fiving his teammates. “Good game, but we have to get better.”
After jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, the Bluejays held on to beat 6A-I Enid 23-21 to pick up their first win of the season.
“It was a typical first game,” Guthrie Head Coach Kelly Beeby said. “It was another classic Enid game. It’s always been really competitive with them and we learned a lot about ourselves tonight. We made some plays when we had to but I wasn’t pleased with how we handled some of the dynamics of the game like our turnovers and penalties. Those are all week one things that we’ll get corrected. The main thing is we came out 99 percent healthy and we got the win.”
The Guthrie defense opened the game by forcing a fumble on Enid’s first possession of the game. Three plays later, quarterback Kaiden Ballard-Stevenson scored his first touchdown of the season, scoring from one-yard out to put Guthrie up 7-0 with 10:24 to play in the first quarter.
After an Enid safety put Guthrie up 9-0, Josh Rains scored his first of two touchdowns on the night, punching it in from one-yard out to put Guthrie up 16-0 with 2:29 to play in the first quarter.
With time running out in the first half, the Plainsmen capitalized off of Guthrie’s first turnover of the game, scoring on a 27-yard touchdown pass after a Bluejay fumble on a punt return.
The Bluejays opened the third quarter with a 10-play, 63-yard drive that ended with another Rains one-yard touchdown run to put Guthrie up 23-7.
Enid added two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to pull within two with 3:47 to play in the game.
After a three-and-out by the Guthrie offense, Enid got the ball back and quickly moved into Bluejay territory. With 1:18 left to play, facing a fourth and 11, the Guthrie defense came up with its biggest stop of the night. Defensive linemen Spade Pool and Rocky Wilson broke through Enid’s pass protection, sacking Maddux Mayberry turning the ball over on downs and sealing Guthrie’s second win in a row over the Plainsmen. Guthrie has now won nine of their last 10 season openers inside Jelsma Stadium.
It was a game that saw a slew of turnovers and penalties, but with the Bluejays working in so many new faces, coach Beeby said this was a great learning experience for his team.
“Our young kids are going to have to learn how to play hard through the ebbs and flows of the game,” Beeby said. “That’s what these preseason games are for. Of course, we want to win them, obviously, but we have to be able to carry our water by the time we get to week four and these games help us get ready for that.”
The Bluejays will now turn their attention towards another 6A school when they travel to 6A-2 Shawnee High School on Friday. The Wolves lost to Choctaw 49-21 in their season opener after trailing 42-6 in the fourth quarter.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.