Guthrie begins district play with win over Deer Creek

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It was business as usual for the second ranked Guthrie BlueJays Friday evening with an impressive 35-7 win over Deer Creek as the Jays played their third road game on the young season.

The game was labeled by many as the game of the week in the state, but the BlueJays quickly took all the drama out in the rival game by scoring 14 quick first quarter points and controlling the game.

The BlueJay defense continued their fast and physical ways by getting to the quarterback and shutting down the run game. The defense allowed just their second score of the season when the Antlers hit pay dirt in the second quarter. Through four games this season, Guthrie is allowing just 3.5 points a game.

For the fourth straight game, the Guthrie offense scored on their opening possession to set the scene. The Jays used 10 plays, all on the ground, and 5:07 to get on the board when senior Luke Davis scored his first of two touchdowns.

Davis rushed for 99 yards in the first half and finished with 136 total on 20 touches.

After forcing the Antlers (3-1, 0-1) to go three-and-out on their opening possession, the Jays needed just three plays when Davis was untouched for a 29-yard score and was freed up by a big block by receiver Donavan Jordan.

Guthrie finished with 406 yards on offense and proved to be balanced – once more – by rushing for 22o and passing for 186 yards. The win improves the Jays to 4-0 and marks the third time under head coach Rafe Watkins they have started the season at 4-0 (2007 and 2008).

Deer Creek did not go away as they responded with a 48-yard pass from Joel Blumenthal to Jared Rayburn to slice the Jays lead in half with over 9:00 to play in the first half.

The Antlers could not get anything going consistently and finished with a total of 133 yards of offense and were held to just 7-yards rushing. Entering the game, they averaged 348 yards of offense with 162 on the ground.

Before the end of the first half, Guthrie put on another 10-play drive that ended when junior quarterback Bryan Dutton spotted senior tight end Clint Simek for a 5-yard touchdown. Simek entered the game with four total catches, but ended Friday’s game with six catches for 78 yards and was named the F&M Bank Player of the Game.

The BlueJays (4-0, 1-0) added two more scores in the second half when Dutton found sophomore athlete Kai Callins for a 15-yard score and in the fourth quarter Dutton ran in from 2-yards out to conclude the scoring.

Dutton was solid – once more – both on the ground and in the air. The 3-sport star completed 14-of-18 passes for 186 yards to go with the rushing score and the two passing scores while adding 99 rushing yards.

The BlueJay offense finished with 24 first downs and were 7-of-11 on third down attempts to continue drives. Overall, the offense held onto the ball for 34:40 of the game’s 48 minutes.


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