2001: Guthrie stuns Carl Albert on Russell Rush's fourth-quarter field goal
The Oct. 19, 2001 Carl Albert-Guthrie game did two things: It created an intense rivalry that still exists today, and it put Class 5A on notice that a new power was budding.
Guthrie beat the then-four time defending champion Titans 23-22 on a late field goal. Carl Albert would still go on to win their fifth straight championship, but wouldn’t beat Guthrie again until 2004.
Here is Oklahoman correspondent Murray Evans’ game story from that night.
GUTHRIE — If the Guthrie Bluejays keep this up, these kind of football games won’t be considered upsets much longer.
The unranked Bluejays probably won’t be that way for much longer after they knocked off Class 5A’s No. 2 team, Carl Albert, by a 23-22 count on Friday night before a capacity crowd at Jelsma Stadium.
Russell Rush’s 30-yard field goal with 17 seconds left lifted the Bluejays to their biggest win since they upset then-4A No. 1 Duncan 30-6 on Sept. 20, 1991. That was also the last year Guthrie beat Carl Albert.
“I’ve tried to tell people all year long, when we play to our capabilities, we’re a pretty talented football team,” first-year Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “There have been times that we sure haven’t shown it… but we’re getting better. We’re coming along.”
Guthrie is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in District 5A-2. The Titans fell to 5-2 and 3-2, and the four-time defending 5A champions likely will face a road trip in the first round of the playoffs.
“You’ve got to give (the Bluejays) credit, because they played a great game,” Carl Albert coach Gary Rose said. “But if we don’t make the mistakes we made, they don’t win the game. I’m not sure we deserved to win the game, as it is, but we did what we wanted to do well. But our tackling was atrocious. Our ball security was atrocious. We’ve just got to go back and get better.”
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