SAPULPA — Guthrie junior L'liott Curry believes the Bluejays are the best team in Class 5A.
They made their case Friday night, flexing their muscles on both sides of the ball and completely dominating No. 6 Collinsville 45-13 in the semifinals at Sapulpa High School.
“We know we're the best team in the state and nobody is going to beat us,” Curry said. “Playing at Guthrie, that's the demeanor you've got to have.”
The top-ranked Bluejays remain undefeated at 13-0 heading into next Friday's championship game in Stillwater against No. 2 McAlester, which beat No. 4 Lawton MacArthur 56-20 on Friday.
It also marks the second state championship appearance in three seasons for Guthrie after beating Lawton MacArthur for the title in 2011.
And Curry stepping up in the absence of injured senior receiver Donovan Jordan was a huge boost Friday. He finished with three touchdown receptions in the second quarter and later came up with a big interception.
“L'liott was just a man tonight in all phases of the game,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “I thought L'liott was just absolutely the difference in this game tonight. He just stepped up.”
Each touchdown was spectacular, too. Curry first caught a perfectly thrown fade route from quarterback Reed Roberts, then a short pass before running over a defender en route to the end zone and then a leaping grab over a defender in the end zone.
“We don't throw the ball much because our run game's so good, but it's a blessing when you have receivers that can catch your passes,” said Roberts, who finished 7 of 12 for 131 yards with three touchdowns.