The 2010 high school football season kicks off tonight for the Guthrie BlueJays and Duncan Demons. Both teams are expected to make deep runs come November in the playoffs.
The Jays and Demons are both coming off an 8-win season, and return 20-plus starters combine. It’s a rematch of last year first round playoff game and is regarded as an elite game in all of the state.
Strength vs Strength
The Demons will have the advantage with size on the offensive line and will look to rely on running the ball, but the Jays strength is stopping the run. Both are near the top in each of their respective strength.
Guthrie’s biggest threat on offense is wide receiver Kentrell Brothers and his ability to make plays, however, the Demons secondary has great skill position players with Dominique Petties and Tyler Wilkins to try to contain Brothers and the Jays wide-outs.
Dutton vs Wilson II
Quarterbacks Byran Dutton and Brandon Wilson may become very familiar with each other as the two are expected to play not only in Friday’s game, but next season as well in meeting number three. Of course, with the playoffs, we may see Dutton – Wilson up to five times. Why not?
Stars, stars, and more stars
There will be a minimum of four Division I players on the field at one time. Guthrie’s Brothers will look across and will see Dylan Dismuke, Dylan Laurens, and Dominique Petties. All four are expected to be playing on Saturday’s.
Dismuke was OU’s first oral commitment for offensive lineman in the 2011 class. Meanwhile, Brothers has not made a commitment, but will make his first official college visit tomorrow at Arizona State.
Meet in the middle
Both teams are similar in many ways and that is the same when it comes to the linebacker position.
Payton Atchley piled up 106 tackles in 2009 and Guthrie’s Landry Chappell was near the top in the state with 177 tackles.
Duncan will use a tight end and an all-state type player in Michael Rice. Meanwhile, Guthrie running back Alphonso Wilcots is 100% healthy and is looking to give the Jays an offensive boost.
Head Coach vs Head Coach
Duncan’s Jim Holloway has three state championships under his belt with all three coming at Wynnewood. Holloway begins his 35th year as a head coach and has his Demons in the right direction for a run at the title.
BlueJay head man Rafe Watkins is set to begin his 10th season wearing the royal blue and white. Watkins has won two state championships, 2002 and 2007, with the Jays.
In head-to-head action, Watkins and Holloway are 1-1. Holloway’s Altus Bulldogs took down the Jays 21-0 in the first round of the 2001 playoffs, but Watkins got his first round win over Holloway’s Demons last season 20-12.
Guthrie – Duncan Series
The Jays have been on the short end of the series with Duncan winning 12 of the 14 meetings.
Listen to the Game
You can hear the game on Triple Play Sports Radio 105.1 Fm and streaming on the world-wide web at www.GuthrieSportsPage.com. Hear the call with Chris Evans, Casey Porter, and Craig Fleck. The pregame starts at 7:00. The crew will broadcast The High School Huddle Game Night beginning at 6:00 live from Jelsma Stadium.