The Guthrie offense and defense looked stout in their first 12 plays on offense and first 12 plays on defense, on Stout Field, as they participated in their final scrimmage of the season with the Piedmont Wildcats on a cool summer evening.
The Jays now move forward to game week preparation with the Duncan Demons coming to Jelsma Stadium next Friday night.
The 79-minute scrimmage included the junior varsity. Prior to the 7:00 varsity start, the freshmen Jays took part in a 90 minute scrimmage with Piedmont and Edmond Santa Fe. Click here for the photo gallery.
The Guthrie offense got the ball first and went 60 yards on 10 plays to score when sophomore quarterback Bryan Dutton rolled out and scored from 13-yards out.
Setting up the score was a Dutton to Devante McCulley for a 9-yard connection, a 12-yard screen pass to Kentrell Brothers, and an 18-yard run by running back Luke Davis.
Dutton took just two more snaps for the remainder of the night soon after his touchdown. He found McCulley for a 22-yard pass and Brothers for a 12-yard reception. Dutton finished 4-5 passing for 55 yards, two rushes for 15 yards, and a score.
McCulley and Brothers each had two receptions and finished with 31 and 24 yards, respectively, on the first 12 plays. Davis finished with two carries for 21-yards and Alfonso Wilcots finished with 5-yards on three carries.
“They (Piedmont) had a lot of fire and a lot of focus,” defensive coordinator Kelly Beeby said. “I think they were looking for a little bit of redemption from last year’s game. Their kids played extremely hard.”
The Guthrie defense proved to be solid by holding Piedmont to minus six yards of offense on 12 plays. The tempo was set on the first play.
Marcus Ware read the opening play well as he came down with an interception. The Wildcats picked up three yards on a run, but gave it right back on the next play with a botched option play. Then on the next play, Guthrie picked off their second interception on just the fourth play when Brothers jumped in front of a would be Wildcat receiver.
From that point, Piedmont was 1-for-5 passing for negative 5-yards. On the final play, Brothers forced the ball away from the Piedmont quarterback.
“We played extremely well with our No. 1’s. We used this scrimmage as a format to try find some depth at defensive line, depth at defensive end, secondary, as well as linebacker depth,” Beey said.
Beeby went on to say, “We had a lot of players out on the field. They run an up tempo hurry up type offense and it was mentally stressing on us tonight and it was good for us. I told them adversity is going to happen in ball games. You got to be unified, you got to trust each other, and trust what we are doing. So from that aspect it was a success tonight.”
Freshmen quarterback and defensive back Kai Callins took snaps with the first team offense and had a highlight run on his third snap from scrimmage.
Callins took a low snap and was forced to run to his left immediately, but made a juke to the inside avoiding tacklers and quickly made multiple spin moves to gather 20-yards with multiple Wildcats having a chance to bring down the frosh. He finished 2-for-5 passing, but had two drops.
Guthrie will now prepare for Duncan and week one of the season. Last season, the Jays traveled to Duncan and got a 20-12 first round playoff win. The game is set for 7:30, at Jelsma Stadium, and can be heard on Triple Play Sports Radio 105.1 FM and streaming live on Guthrie Sports Page beginning with the pregame at 7:00 p.m.