The tone was set early on both sides of the football for the Guthrie BlueJays in a 35-6 win over the Ponca City Wildcats, Friday evening, inside Jelsma Stadium. It did not take the Jays long to make a statement.
On the second play from scrimmage, sophomore J.T. McFadden intercepted a Ponca pass at the 37-yard line and returned it to the 2-yard line. Senior Alphonso Wilcots needed one play to score on the right side untouched for the Jays to score just 41 seconds into the game.
Guthrie improves to 2-0 on the season while Ponca City falls to 0-2. The Jays may sneak into the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A after Booker T. Washington fell to Broken Arrow.
A Guthrie turnover gave Ponca the ball back after the Jays were on the move to another score, however, McFadden came back with his second interception. And again, the Jays capitalized on the turnover.
Jays quarterback first pass of the night found a streaking Kentrell Brothers in the center of the field for a 25-yard pass and catch and with 5:20 to play in the first quarter Guthrie built a 14-0 lead.
The Wildcats responded on their following possession with a 30-yard touchdown run by Wildcats quarterback Brent Wilson. The extra point was blocked by Brothers and the score remained 14-6. The Wildcat score is the only points allowed in eight quarters of play on the Jays this season.
Guthrie continued to run the ball right at the Ponca defense with Wilcots picking up big chunk of yards. The senior finished with 14 carries and 102 yards just in the first half, including a another 2-yard run to give the Jays a 21-6 lead. The score highlighted a drive that took 12 plays covering 68-yards in a time of 6:02. Guthrie did not attempt one pass in the series.
Wilcots finished the night with 22 carries for 150 yards along with two scores and was named the Farmers and Merchants BlueJay Player of the Game. Overall, the Jays finished with 427 yards of total offense.
In the second half, Guthrie found the end zone two more times. The first score came on a highlight run by Brothers when he took a shovel pass from Dutton and burst into the Ponca secondary. Brothers then used a stiff arm to shrug off a Wildcat defender and then hurdled a safety at the 5-yard line to get into the end zone.
Brothers finished the night with three cateches for 111 yards and two scores to push his season totals up to 7 catches for 283 yards and five touchdowns.
Dutton capped off the scoring midway in the fourth quarter with a 9-yard run as the Jays drove 95 yards for the score.
The Guthrie defense proved to be solid once more by holding the Wildcats to just 228 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers.
Guthrie will hit the road for the first time this season as they take on another 6A-4 opponent in the Enid Plainsmen. Enid is 1-1 with a win over Bishop Kelley, in Week 1, and a loss to Midwest City.