It was only fitting that the Guthrie BlueJays came out in their black and blue jersey’s for the first time on Senior Night. After all, that is how their opponents have felt afterwards this season.
Class 5A’s top ranked Guthrie BlueJays capped off a perfect 10-0 regular season with a 48-0 win over the Southeast Spartans. However, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has ruled the Jays played with an ineligible player in eight of the 10 games this season and thus hold a 2-8 record and out of the playoffs. That ruling is being appealed by the school. OSSAA rules Guthrie player ineligible; must forfeit 8 games
“I know right now it appears we are 2-8, but we are 10-0 no matter what the outcome is. We are always going have it down 10-0 because we know we have done nothing wrong,” Guthrie Head Coach Rafe Watkins said in his post game radio interview. For the complete interview visit: Rafe Watkins discusses issue at hand
For the sixth time this season, the Jays shut-out their opponent, including their last three opponents. To put it into perspective, the 2007 Guthrie state championship team (14-0) collected seven shut-outs in the regular season. To take it a step further, the 2011 Guthrie squad has outscored their opponents 433-63.
Guthrie celebrated a total of 16 seniors Friday evening and two of those Jays scored their first high school touchdown. Cole Minter scored the game’s first touchdown while LaMarc Allison scored the final touchdown of the night as the Jays built up the 48-0 score by halftime.
Senior running back Luke Davis was simply amazing with 171 rushing yards on just six-carries with three of those ending in the end zone. Davis continues to lead Class 5A in points scored and eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing plateau with 1,063 to go along with a total (rushing and receiving) of 21 touchdowns.
The BlueJays welcomed back senior John Clark back to the line-up after sitting the past few weeks with an injury and with his returned hauled in a diving 14-yard touchdown reception in the northeast corner of the end zone.
The lone non-offensive score came from sophomore Kai Callins on a 45-yard punt return for his second return this season.
Watkins said the team will practice as normal on Monday and Tuesday and will prepare for Durant for what they hope will be a first round playoff game inside Jelsma Stadium. The appeal will be on Wednesday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Senior Salute: Hope Hayes (manager), Clint Simek, Seth Vicchio, Luke Davis, Cole Minter, LaMarc Allison, John Clark, Landry Chappell, Blake Belcher, Hayden Seifert, Cooper Davis, Zac Brown, Elaunta Sherrill, Dusty Cotton, Malachai Galbraith and Esau Paez.