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Class 5A state championship notebook: Guthrie's Clint Simek says teammates 'treated me with the utmost respect'

CLASS 5A STATE TITLE GAME — Guthrie senior Clint Simek, who was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA, had to watch Friday's victory over Lawton MacArthur from the sidelines, but he was able to join his teammates in their celebration.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: December 2, 2011

— Like the five previous games, Guthrie senior Clint Simek was forced to watch Friday's state championship game from the sideline.

The senior receiver/safety, who moved from Prague in March, was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA last in the regular season, causing Guthrie to have games forfeited.

Guthrie's forfeits were reversed after an appeal, but Simek still wasn't allowed to play.

After the game, he joined his teammates in their celebration.

“I wish I could have played, but these guys are awesome,” Simek said.

“They've treated me with the utmost respect. This is the best team you could ask for to be part of.”

JORDAN OK AFTER HARD FALL

Sophomore Donavan Jordan came down hard on the final play of the first half, causing him to stay in the West end zone for a few minutes while his teammates headed to the locker room.

Lawton MacArthur attempted a deep pass to end the half, and several players, including Jordan, went for the ball.

Jordan returned with no problem in the second half.

“I didn't black out or anything,” Jordan said. “It was just a really hard connection, but I'm fine.”

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