The Guthrie BlueJays have proven they can run the ball in the first two games of the year while Enid has yet to stop their opponents rushing attack.
The two squads will meet Friday evening to conclude the final week of non-district games inside Jelsma Stadium for a 7:30 kickoff. The game can be heard on Triple Play Sports 105.1 FM, on GuthrieSportsPage.com and on all smartphones (visit GSP for more details).
It will be a rematch of last seasons offensive showdown, at Selby Stadium, when the Plainsmen scored last in the 37-36 win. The game will be the first home game of the season for Guthrie before they head back on the road next week to Deer Creek.
Enid enters with an 0-2 record with a 41-13 home loss to Bishop Kelley and a forgetful 63-27 road game at Midwest City last week. To the Plainsmen credit, many Oklahoma teams would start out with an 0-2 record with the competition of Kelley and Midwest City.
The Plainsmen will try to avoid an 0-3 start since starting the 2002 season with four straight losses when they finished 2-8.
Both Kelley and Midwest City exploited the Plainsmen’s relative youth and lack of size as the Bombers piled on 280 yards rushing while Kelley tallied 377 yards the week before. In the first two games of the season, the Guthrie defense has allowed a total of 58 yards on the ground to Duncan and Ponca City.
The Enid offense was hit hard by graduation with quarterback Alex Patterson and running back Jonathan Burton as the two combine for over 2900 yards of offense for fourth year head coach Tommy Parker. The Plainsmen have had back-to-back 6-4 seasons.
His primary target will be 6’3 Mitchell Foote, who collected 45 passes a season ago and last week caught 10 passes for 128 yards, including his first-ever three touchdown performance.
The BlueJay defense has allowed just a total of 187 yards of offense and have shown the ability to pressure the quarterback. In the 36-0 win over Duncan the Jays piled up four sacks and last week added three more. In addition, the defense has been credited with 23 quarterback hurries in the two games.
Defensive lineman Trevor Blassingame leads the charge with three sacks while Landry Chappell and John Clark each have 16 tackles.
The Enid defense returns eight starters and will try to contain the BlueJay offense who will enter the game with an average of 391 yards of offense, including 280 yards on the ground.
Senior running back Luke Davis leads the Jays rushing attack with 221 yards on 27 carries. Sophomore Kai Callins has 19 carries to go with 128 yards.
Junior quarterback Bryan Dutton has just 17 passes on the season, but has completed 13 of those with three hitting pay dirt.