Five plays into the game, Guthrie found the end zone and would find it often inside a packed Jelsma Stadium for Homecoming 2022.
The Bluejays combined for eight touchdowns en route to a 54-7 win over Duncan. Guthrie improved to 3-0, while Duncan fell to 0-2.
Junior quarterback Hayden Calvert tossed three touchdowns and ran for another (45 yards) to help lead the Jays offense throughout the night.
Senior running Isaiah Hammons got the scoring going with a 50-yard run into the south end zone on the game’s opening drive.
Calvert helped increase the first quarter lead, 14-0, with his touchdown run aided by great downfield blocking by his receivers.
With over four minutes left in the second quarter, Calvert found senior wide-out Jaylen Chelf wide open in the north end zone for a 21-yard pass and catch.
The score increased the lead 21-0 and appeared would the halftime score, but Duncan sailed an errant snap in punt formation to give the Jays the ball on the Demons’ 4-yard line, following a penalty.
On the first play, Calvert spotted senior Tyrin Eaton with a 4-yard pass with 9 seconds before the half.
In the third quarter, Duncan got their lone score with a 7-play, 76-yard drive. The series benefited with a fake punt to continue the drive.
From that moment on, Guthrie would score 26 unanswered points, including Chelf adding scores on an 8-yard run and a 10-yard reception.
In the fourth quarter, reserve running back Alexander Clark, once again, showed his explosiveness with an exciting 64-yard touchdown run to give Guthrie a 47-7 advantage.
Special teams claimed the final score on the night with a 65-yard punt return for Jaylen Harper, who appears to be a special team weapon for upcoming opponents to practice against. He was named the NorthChurch Guthrie Player of the Game.
The defense, once again, proved to be too much for their opponent by holding the Demons to one score and very few offensive yards.
Guthrie will face their biggest challenge in the non-district with a trip to Class 4A’s No. 1 ranked Tuttle Tigers, who a year ago fell in the 4A title game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
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