As impressive of a season opening win last week in Enid was, the Guthrie Bluejays home opening win over Shawnee on Friday night was perhaps even more impressive.
For the second straight week, the Bluejays took on a Class 6A opponent and for the second straight week were dominant. Guthrie took control early on both sides of the ball en route to a 42-7 win over Shawnee.
The Jays offense piled up 458 yards and were balanced in doing so with 239 passing yards and 219 rushing yards. Photo Gallery
Senior quarterback Jackson Waddell was 9-of-15 passing and tossed four touchdowns to three different receivers, including 72 and 75-yard strikes to Marcellus Owens.
As good as the offense was, the Jays defense proved to be a wrecking crew the entire night.
Several members of the defense continued to find their way into the Wolves backfield, which resulted in five sacks and stopping Shawnee’s run game to minus 26 yards.
Shawnee (0-2) quarterback Heath Hunter proved to be a warrior after seemingly being hit on every pass attempt.
Guthrie got on the board first after setting up their first offensive trip at the Shawnee 36-yard line. On the fourth play from scrimmage, Waddell found Tahliq Jackson for a 13-yard pass and catch for Jackson’s first touchdown as a Bluejay.
Just three minutes into the second quarter Waddell found Owens on the 72-yard score to push the lead up 14-0.
It was 21-0 going into halftime after Waddell found Caed Guggisberg striding down the middle for a 23-yard touchdown.
The Jays did not waste any time getting going in the third quarter.
On the third play from scrimmage, Waddell, again, found Owens for the 75-yard score.
Guthrie all but sealed the deal later in the quarter by going 91 yards in 10 plays and being capped off by junior running back Justin Adams 1-yard run to push the lead up 35-0.
Shawnee got onto the score board with just under five minutes left on a 33-yard touchdown, but they were not the last to score.
Owens finished the night with a 63-yard pick six with just over a minute left in the game.
Guthrie plays host to Ponca City next week. The Wildcats suffered a season opening loss to Enid, 20-13, on Friday night.