The Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks forced the Guthrie BlueJays to play a complete game, but the Jays proved simply to be too much in the first round playoff game inside Jelsma Stadium.
Guthrie jumped out to a 17-0 lead and finished the game by scoring 26-unanswered points in the second half to win 40-3. The win advances the Jays to the second round where they will host Shawnee. The Wolves had no problems with a 42-14 blowout of Claremore.
The BlueJays have now won 11 straight home playoff games to go with 9 straight wins in first round playoff games. Overall, the home win streak now stands at 27.
The story of the night, once again, belong to the Guthrie defense as they held Chickasha to 53 total yards of offense, including 32 yards on the ground. In their last five games, the stubborn defense has allowed a total of 33 rushing yards.
Guthrie used all three phases of the game to score in the first quarter.
On the Jays first possession, senior Luis Morales drilled a 35-yard field goal. Following a six-yard punt, senior running back Kai Callins gave the Jays their first touchdown when he caught the edge for a 37-yard run to increase the lead 10-0.
The defense got in the scoring category less than three minutes later when the Chicks fumbled the ball away and junior L’liott Curry picked the ball up and carried it in for the 15-yard scoop and score.
Chickasha picked up their lone score on the evening just before the half with an impressive 47-yard field goal to send the game to the half at 17-3.
The second half was the Idae Alexander show with two of the most impressive touchdown runs as you will see on a Friday evening.
Before the show, Morales, again, started the scoring with a field goal. This time striking for a 25-yard field goal for his seventh on the season to push the lead 20-3.
On a well drawn up play, quarterback Reed Roberts found Alexander on a screen pass and simply did the rest. After receiving a down field block, Alexander made a cut, broke a tackle to find open spaces and hit pay dirt and the Jays were on top 26-3 after the extra point was blocked.
Roberts finished the game by completing 7-of-9 passing for 128 yards and in the process went over the 1,000 yard passing plateau.
Alexander made his presence known again at the start of the fourth quarter as he took a hand off and ran down his home sideline before making a cut to make one guy miss, showed his speed, made another inside cut for another would-be tackler miss and eventually scoring from 22-yards out.
The junior finished with 14 carries and 104 yards to go along with 185 yards of total offense.
The final score came through the air when Roberts hit Callins for the 11-yard touchdown score.
Second Round Playoff Match Ups
Pryor (8-3) at Lawton MacArthur (9-2), Saturday
Carl Albert (9-2) at McAlester (10-1)
Shawnee (9-2) at Guthrie (11-0)
McGuinness (7-4) at Collinsville (9-2)