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Guthrie BlueJays

Coach: KELLY BEEBY 

Schedule:
8-30 – vs. Enid

9-6 – at Shawnee

9-13 – at Ponca City

9-20 – OPEN

9-27 – vs. Piedmont

10-4 – at Guymon

10-11 – vs. Woodward 

10-17 – at Carl Albert

10-25 – vs. NW Classen

11-1 – at Bishop McGuinness

11-8 – vs. Lawton Ike 

Quick Hits:

The Blue Jays had a night to remember on defense against Enid in a 57-19 season opening victory. The Jays scored five defensive touchdowns in the game, including a 72 yard scoop and score by Cale Coffman.

Guthrie got back on the right side of the series ledger against Shawnee with a 42-7 win in 2018. The teams have met all but two years since 1986 with Shawnee holding a 13-12 advantage. 

Defensive end Tervae Williams is one of the more imposing forces in Class 5A. Williams made 9 tackles, 3 tackles for losses and two sacks in a big win over Guymon. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 9-3

2017 – 6-6 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 7-4 

2014 – 10-2 

2013 – 14-0

OFFENSE

While there will be some senior leadership on the field for the Bluejays, there will also be young talent that must grow up in a hurry, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. Three offensive starters return from last year’s team. This offense will feature a big, young O-line, as well as plenty of downhill run game with play-action passing. Look for tight end Tahliq Jackson (6-5, 225, Sr.) to make an impact his senior year. Last season Jackson accounted for 11 catches, 113 yards, and a touchdown. Wide receivers Caed Guggisberg (5-8, 155, Sr.) and Max Mafferd (5-10, 158, Sr.) will be assets as well. Guggisberg saw valuable time on the field last season as he racked up eight catches, 116 yards, and a touchdown. Kaiden Ballard-Stevenson (6-0, 152, Jr.) will fill the role of quarterback. The run game will be driven by running backs Josh Rains (6-0, 193, Jr.) and Cale Coffman (5-10, 170, Sr.). Last season Coffman had 38 carries for 106 yards. Rains also put in work and ended up with 390 yards and five touchdowns on 73 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. 

DEFENSE

The defense will return six starters as they focus on their top priority of stopping the run first and affecting the quarterback. While the defensive line will be pretty young, two linemen will be essential in leading the pack: Chase Stevenson (5-10, 240, Sr.) and Hunter Thompson (6-0, 250, Sr.). Last year these two combined for 72 tackles and two sacks. The linebacker core is shaping up to be the strong point of this defense. Tervae Williams (6-3, 205, Sr.) accumulated 97 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions last year, and will be looking for more this season. Defensive backs Hector Goosby (5-10, 175, Sr.), JD Coonfield (6-0, 180, Sr.), and Cale Coffman will be key players to watch. Coonfield returns as the leading tackler with 100 tackles from last fall, as well as one sack and two interceptions. Goosby had 67 tackles and an interception, while Coffman had 58 tackles and an interception. The Bluejays will start their season off with some tough non-district competition against Enid, Shawnee and Ponca City. This will serve as baptism by fire for Guthrie’s young players as they move into district play. Staying healthy and developing depth will determine how they grow as a team and finish the season.