Junior Jays finally hit gridiron; collect two wins

Finally the Guthrie Junior Jays football 7th and 8th grade teams got to hit someone besides themselves with their first games of the season. The teams started practice in the second week of August.

The Junior Jays were scheduled to play their first game last Thursday, at Shawnee, but Jim Thorpe Stadium was still under construction. The Jays game with Noble was then moved from Jelsma Stadium to the High School practice field due to wet conditions. Once the Jays arrived they were forced to wait for the Bears to show up as the game was delayed 20 minutes.

After all the delays, the 7th grade got a scoring boost from Kevin Blue on a speed option play and hit pay dirt on a 50-yard plus run. On the two-point try, JaRon Pryor scored from his tight end position to finalized the scoring. That is all the Jays defense needed to secure the win, 8-0.

“It looked like our first game of the season, but we are glad to get the win,” head coach Jason Rice said. “The offense was getting 5 and 6-yard runs a pop, but when you play short quarters like we do it makes it hard to score.”

“We had a good practice on Tuesday and on Wednesday we stayed indoors and did some work on the chalk board. Both helped us to prepare tonight,” Rice said.

8th grade head coach Jeff Ball, much like Coach Rice, was pleased with the overall effort his squad showed in a 38-14 win over the Noble Bears.

“The kids were refreshed, they stayed focus, and were ready to hit someone else in a different uniform,” Ball said.

Guthrie took advantage early and often from running back Beau Davis, who scored three times on the evening. Davis scored the game’s first points on a 27-yard run. Matt Guerrero added two touchdowns and Trey Wilson scored from 70 yards out for his first score of the season.

“Our offensive line played well tonight and I thought Tanner Meredith (quarterback) did a good job  of managing the game by making sure people were in their proper spots,” Ball said. ” I thought the defense played assignment football.”

After a slow start to get to their first game, the Jays will now prepare for three games in eight days. First up will be the make up game at Shawnee on Monday, followed by a date in Oklahoma City on Thursday, and finally returning back home to play El Reno on September 23rd.


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