For the third time in five seasons the Guthrie football program has been labeled district champions.
The BlueJays secured the top spot with a 48-0 win over Western Heights on Homecoming 2011. With the win, Guthrie remains undefeated (9-0) and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A. The Jets dropped their season record to 1-8.
Carl Albert shut-out Deer Creek (35-0) on their Senior Night and will host a first round game (with Ardmore) for with the second place finish in the district. Deer Creek and Ada will play the next week for the third and fourth playoff spot.
Durant defeated Northwest Classen on Friday and with a win over Capitol Hill next week the Lions will lock in a playoff spot and travel to Guthrie for week one of the playoffs.
Guthrie had four players find the end zone, including Kai Callins who finished with three scores. The sophomore scored on a 2-yard run, hauled in a 6-yard reception and returned a 68-yard punt for his second return this season. Callins finished the night with nearly 150 all-purpose yards and was named the F&M Bank Player of the Game.
For the ninth consecutive game, the Jays scored on their first offensive possession of the game when senior running back Luke Davis scored on a 2-yard run to conclude a 9 play 56-yard drive.
After forcing a three-and-out, Guthrie was back on the board, but needing just four plays to score when junior quarterback Bryan Dutton scampered from 18-yards out.
Guthrie’s defense continued to set the tone by stopping the Jets running game and outside of two big Jets run did just that. Western Heights, who is to be commended on playing tough for four quarters, finished with 133 yards rushing with 118 of those coming on runs of 67 and 51. On the season, Guthrie has now produced five shut outs including in back-to-back games.
The BlueJay defense received great play from Vincent Norris, Landry Chappell, Andrew Toney, Zach Brown and Trevor Blassingame helping hold the Jets to just 17 passing yards.
All three touchdown scores for Callins came in the second quarter to give Guthrie a comfortable 34-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Guthrie got a 26-yard run from Davis and a 66-yard punt return from sophomore Donavan Jordan to top the scoring. The return is the first for Jordan in his two-year career.
Guthrie returns back home for Senior Night when they play host to Southeast.
The following teams have qualified for the playoffs:
5A-1: Guthrie, Carl Albert, Ada, Deer Creek
5A-2: Lawton Mac, Duncan, Ardmore (in order) **
5A-3: Booker T. Washington, Collinsville, McAlester, Tulsa Kelley
5A-4: Coweta, East Central, Pryor, Tulsa Central
** A Durant win over Capitol Hill in week 10 qualifies the Lions