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Guthrie showing signs of being special with win over Ada

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The Ada Cougars presented the biggest challenge to the second ranked Guthrie BlueJays under the Friday night lights of Jelsma Stadium to date, but Guthrie proved to be too much in the end.

The BlueJays scored on their first five possessions to begin the game and despite two first half Ada touchdowns, Guthrie proved to be too much with a 56-14 win.

The BlueJays improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in 5A-1 district play. The Cougars fall to 2-3 and 1-1 in the district.

With the win, Guthrie head coach Rafe Watkins collected his 100th win as a BlueJay. The ball coach first came to Guthrie for the 2011 season and has coached more games than any other coach in Guthrie history.

The Cougars averaged 290 yards of offense entering the game, but managed 194 yards on 109 yards passing and 85 rushing. Guthrie finished with 501 yards of offense including 357 coming on the ground. The BlueJay offensive line created running gaps throughout the night and was rewarded with the F&M Bank Players of the Game.

Ada put together two scoring drives against the Guthrie defense, who allowed just two scores in the first 16 quarter this season, but the difference came when the Jays scored 35 unanswered points to finish the game.

Of the eight touchdown scored by the Jays, seven were on the ground and the lone passing score was a short screen pass that went to the house from 59-yards out. Senior running back Luke Davis led the way with three scores, two rushing, while junior quarterback Bryan Dutton added two rushing and sophomore Kai Callins, junior J.T. McFadden and senior Seth Vicchio each added rushing scores.

Dutton’s first rushing score gave his team a 7-0 advantage on the opening drive. Guthrie has now scored on all five of their opening drives to begin the game. The score remained, 7-0, until the first play of the second quarter.

Davis, who set up the scoring play by darting off a 33-yard run to get inside the 5-yard line, scored shortly after on a 4-yard run to give the Jays a 14-0 advantage with 11:57 to play in the half.

However, Ada would not disappear. On the ensuing possession, quarterback Wyatt Robson connected with Easton Pingleton for a 54-yard pass and catch when Pingleton got behind the Jays secondary for the score, but much like this season, the Jays had an answer and a quick answer.

Davis capped off a 4-play drive that covered 65 yards, in which the big play came from Callins, who took a hand off for a 32-yard jaunt to the Ada 12-yard line. From there, Davis ran in from one-yard out to give Guthrie a two touchdown lead back, 21-7, with 8:32 to play til the half, but, once again, Ada had an answer.

Ada followed up with a 12-play drive taking over 3:00 and ended with a Dalton Thompson 3-yard run to pull the Coug’s back within a score, 21-14, with 4;11 to play in the half. That is when Guthrie opened the game open.

The Cougars attempted an on-side kick in the center of the field, but touched the ball before it traveled 10-yards and the Jays took over at the Ada 49-yard line. Guthrie  then took advantage by needing just six plays to find in the end zone when Callins was given a huge hole to run through thanks to senior linemen Blake Belcher and Hayden Seifert for a 21-yard score to go up 28-14 with 2:22 til the half.

After a three-and-out on the following possession, Ada was forced to punt the ball back to the Jays with under a minute to play in the half and Guthrie needed just one play to find pay dirt.

The Jays showed three receivers to the far side of the line of scrimmage, but came to the weak side on a well drawn up screen pass to Davis, who needed just a few blocks down field before he turned on the jets to score from 59-yards out for the second score in 1:37 of time and, before Ada knew it, the Jays had scored 14 quick points to go into the half leading 35-14.

Guthrie received the ball to begin the second half and much like the first half scored on their opening possession when Dutton tucked the ball on an option play and made several Cougars miss and then sped past the secondary for a 36-yard score. The Jays led 42-14 with 8:08 to play in the third quarter.

Dutton finished the game by completeing 7-of-13 passes for 144 yards and the one passing score.

J.T. McFadden, who scored on each of his first two carries of the season, scored for the third time this season when he scampered for a 20-yard score to put the game out of reach with a 49-14 advantage with 5:43 to play in the third.

The BlueJays landed in the end zone one final time when the Jays put on an impressive 14 play drive capped off by Vecchio’s 1-yard run. What was so impressive was that the entire stadium knew the Jays were going to run and run with Vecchio, but none the less added the score.

Up next for Guthrie will be another road trip when they visit Noble on Friday. The Bears picked up the first win of the season, Friday, with a 40-13 win over Western Heights.

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