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Jays on the road; series finale in Enid

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The Enid Plainsmen will entertain the Guthrie BlueJays for their home opener on Friday evening and it will be an Enid team looking for their second win in a row.

EnidThe Jays and Plainsmen are set to play for the final time in the non-district after agreeing to two two-year series in 2010. Guthrie holds the mini-series advantage 2-1, including the last two games in Jelsma Stadium.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. inside Enid’s D. Bruce Selby Stadium. The radio pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. on 105.1 FM Triple Play Sports Radio and on Guthrie Sports Page.

The Plainsmen (1-1) have found themselves rallying in the second half in one game and in the other trying to hold off a three-score lead. It has been a mix result with a 41-28 setback to Choctaw in week one and in the final seconds of last week holding off Edmond Memorial, 32-27.

Enid has securely found their replacement for Seth Handley at running back with junior tailback Raheem Mitchell, who is coming off a 131 yard game and a touchdown score against the Bulldogs. In the prior week, Mitchell blitzed Choctaw for 148 rushing yards. In the first two games, the 5’6, 165 pound Mitchell, has also hauled in six receptions for 78-yards.

Handley ran free on the Jays last season by finishing with 214 yards, including two touchdown runs of 86 and 53-yards.

Junior quarterback Fred Lawrence will suit up for his third varsity start and his first home game. Last week, he passed 12-of-23 for 159 yards in Edmond and appeared to be more comfortable from his debut. With that said, the duo-threat QB was a respectable 21-of-31 passing for 245 yards against Choctaw.

Lawrence’s favorite targets should be an easy to find with seniors Aaron Beagle and Alex Lofton.

Beagle, who is earning Division I college interest, has brought in 11 catches and 105 yards.

Lofton, the younger brother of NFL and Oklahoma’s Curtis Lofton, has brought in 5-catches for 66 yards. In last year’s game at the Rock, Lofton scored on a 64-yard touchdown score.

Enid's D. Bruce Selby Stadium

Enid’s D. Bruce Selby Stadium

The Enid offense, who has been balance by averaging 214 yards on the ground and 201 through the air, will have to work against a Guthrie defense that has allowed only 244 yards of offense and 19 points in the first two weeks, but will be a bigger threat offense than what the Jays have seen so far. In addition, Enid is looking to minimize the turnovers that have haunted them on the road.

The Enid defense has allowed an average 188 rushing yards and 140 passing to allow an average of 31 points a game.

They will look to contain a Guthrie offense, that has gotten off to quick starts in their first two wins. The Jays have been able to run the ball for over 200-yards in each game, including 248 last week against 6A Ponca City.

Leading the way for Guthrie has been tailback Kai Callins. The senior has rushed for 227 yards on just 25 carries and has added five scores.

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