By Robert Przybylo
I don’t feel that bad about picking Guthrie over Booker T. Washington. But on this particular night, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The Hornets dominated this game nearly the entire way in earning another opportunity for a gold ball
Booker T. 38, Guthrie 11 – for my story on the game, go here.
- Speed, speed and more speed. Guthrie simply had now answers for how fast the Hornets were. If it wasn’t Isaac Bennett, it was Tyler Lockett. If it wasn’t Lockett, it was Dante Barnett. It was one after another with the skilled kids, and it quite the sight to see.
- BTW quarterback Jordy Albert is the real deal. Why Albert and Dominique Sells alternate series at times is beyond me. I won’t question coach Darrell Hall, but Albert had the team rolling just about every time he was the man in charge.
- Really thought after Kai Callins returned that blocked field goal for a touchdown for Guthrie to make it 14-8 that the Bluejays were going to wake up. Coach Rafe Watkins said the same thing, but the energy and emotion simply was not there. Very strange to be so flat in the semifinals.
- Bennett was the best player on the field in this game. Guthrie overpursued too much and didn’t stay in their lanes. Bennett simply outran the defense to the outside and smoked ‘em time and time again. Had him unofficially for 201 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
- Kentrell Brothers made some nice plays for Guthrie but even he was a little off on this night. His muffed punt hurt in the first half. But the thing is with Brothers and Luke Davis and others is they were so tired from having to play both ways and tracking those burners down for the Hornets.
- Loved the honesty from Watkins after the game. He said he didn’t have a ‘losing’ speech prepared. “I honestly really liked our chances in this one so no I didn’t say anything to that great group of seniors. We’ll do that Monday.”
- Booker T. plays East Central for the championship Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.