Guthrie routs Durant with coach Rafe Watkins watching from stands

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — District 5A-1 champion Guthrie easily won its first-round playoff game 53-7, a game the team didn't know if it would get to play after the OSSAA originally forced the Bluejays to forfeit games.
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: November 12, 2011

— On the second play of Guthrie's first possession Saturday, quarterback Bryan Dutton made a rare mistake.

He stared down the receiver to his right in the flat and was intercepted by Durant's Jase Hammock, who returned the ball 60 yards for a touchdown.

When Dutton and the offense came off the field, the junior wasn't greeted like he normally would've been after such an error — with a scolding from coach Rafe Watkins.

With all of Guthrie's assistant coaches adjusting to their new roles, Dutton was able to avoid a tongue lashing.

“He kind of skated by that one,” defensive coordinator Kelly Beeby said.

Dutton came back out and drove the Bluejays down the field for a tying score, and Guthrie won its first-round playoff game 53-7 at Jelsma Stadium.

Watkins, serving the first of an eight-game suspension, sat with superintendent Terry Simpson at about the 50 yard-line, eight rows up on the home side of the stadium and watched his team advance to next week's Class 5A quarterfinal against Tulsa East Central.

“I didn't find him in the stands until the last five minutes of the game,” Dutton said. “After (the interception) I didn't wanna find him, because I didn't know if he'd stand up and say something.”

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association forced Guthrie, the District 5A-1 champion, to forfeit eight games late last week after it determined that senior Clint Simek never made a bona fide move from Prague.

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