GUTHRIE — When Guthrie needed a big play from a wide receiver at the end of the game, the Bluejays called on their starting defensive end.
With 13 seconds remaining and Guthrie trailing by three points to Carl Albert, Guthrie inserted 6-foot-2 sophomore L'Liott Curry at wide receiver for the fade route. It is same play the Bluejays had used with Curry earlier in the season for a touchdown against Ponca City.
“He is more of an asset on defense, but when we need something, we can go to him anytime, Guthrie quarterback Bryan Dutton said.
Curry made a diving catch in the back corner of the end zone with eight seconds remaining to rally No. 1-ranked Guthrie past Carl Albert, 21-17, and keep the Bluejays unbeaten.
When the ball left Dutton's hand, it appeared he had overthrown Curry, who has lined up for only three offensive plays all season.
“He kind of did,” Curry said of the 12-yard game-winner. “But I am long enough to get that ball.”
Curry's magnificent grab completed a six play, 68-yard game winning touchdown drive in just 1:25.
Dutton, who had a rough first half by fumbling and throwing an interception that both were returned for Carl Albert touchdowns, atoned for those turnovers by going 4 of 6 on the game-winning drive.
The Bluejays' senior signal caller completed two passes to Cody Reihs for 17 and 13 yards, then hit Donovan Jordan on a 26-yard pass that set up the Bluejays on the Titans' 12 with just 24 seconds remaining.
With no timeouts left, Dutton tossed an incompletion on a fade route before Guthrie (6-0 overall, 3-0 District 5A-2) called on Curry to try the same play on the other side.
“Coach told me I couldn't take a sack,” Dutton said. “I just threw it up the best I could, and he (Curry) went up and made a heck of a play. A hundred percent of that goes to him.”