STILLWATER — 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.”
Jordan has been valuable on both offense and defense for Guthrie all season. His 25-yard touchdown reception from Bryan Dutton in the first quarter was the first score of the game.
MAC STILL WITHOUT A TITLE
Lawton MacArthur is still without its first football state title.
The Highlanders, playing in their sixth all-time championship game, came up short again in a 24-7 loss to Guthrie on Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Junior running back Darius Graham, one of the top rushers in Class 5A, was held to 15 carries for 57 yards by Guthrie's defense.
It is MacArthur's third state championship game loss in the last nine years.
MACARTHUR MUFFS TWO PUNTS
Lawton MacArthur junior Adrian Gaines muffed two punts in the second quarter, giving Guthrie the ball deep in Highlander territory.
The muffs led to no points, however, as the Highlanders' defense held strong on both ensuing Guthrie possessions.
Guthrie missed a field goal after the first muff, and turned the ball over on downs after the second.
After the second muff, senior Aaron Finley assumed punt return duties.