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Guthrie and Collinsville to play for state championship berth

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The Guthrie BlueJays will make a return trip to Sapulpa for a state semifinal game and are hoping for the identical result. The Jays will challenge the Collinsville Cardinals for the right to play in next week’s Class 5A State championship with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday.

Guthrie FootballFor the fourth time in the past five football seasons in Guthrie, the BlueJays find themselves in the state semifinals. In the three semifinal games, Guthrie is 1-2 but were winners in the 2011 matchup with McAlester in Sapulpa. Overall, under head coach Rafe Watkins, the Jays are 3-3 when trying to get into the final game of the season.

Guthrie (12-0) got home playoffs wins against Chickasha and Shawnee to reach the semis. Meanwhile, Collinsville (10-2) has taken care of Bishop Kelley and McGuinness on their home field to reach the 13th game of the season.

In the other 5A semifinal game, McAlester (11-1) faces Lawton MacArthur (10-2). The four remaining teams in 5A each won their district.

The Cardinals, who won district 5A-4, rallied from a 28-14 halftime deficit to McGuinness last week with a late 73-yard touchdown pass to go with a two-point conversion over the Irish.

The two players responsible for the pass and catch will have the BlueJays full attention. Especially quarterback Zane McElroy.

Guthrie FootballThe senior right-hander earned the Tulsa area player of the week after completing 18-of-35 passes for 368 yards, including three touchdown passes against the Irish. If that was not enough, McElroy added 93 rushing yards and two more scores.

McElroy missed the early part of the season with a shoulder injury after throwing 2,400 yards and rushing for 1,100 a season ago. He has helped the Cardinals to eight straight victories.

The top two primary receivers for the Cards’ are seniors T.J. Johnson and Keenan Hamilton. Hamilton hauled in the game winning touchdown a week ago and Johnson is among the top receivers after posting over 900 yards a season ago.

The Cardinals will display a few freshmen in the lineup, including on the offensive line at right tackle and at linebacker.

Collinsville averages nearly 32 points a game while allowing 24.8 per game. The BlueJays come in at 43 points per game and allow 8.7 points.

The game can be heard on Triple Play Sports 105.1 FM, Guthrie Sports Page and Guthrie News Page. The pregame show begins at 7 p.m.

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