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Guthrie defense comes through in win over Shawnee

Guthrie held on for a 23-21 victory at Jelsma Stadium to advance to next week's Class 5A semifinals against No. 6 Collinsville on a day and neutral site that has not been determined.
by Jacob Unruh Published: November 23, 2013
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photo - Guthrie defensive back Kai Callins makes a diving attempt to intercept this pass in the first quarter but was not able to make the catch. Guthrie Bluejays defeated Shawnee Wolves, 23-21, in  a high school football Class 5A round two playoff game in Guthrie on Saturday afternoon,  Nov. 23, 2013.     Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Guthrie defensive back Kai Callins makes a diving attempt to intercept this pass in the first quarter but was not able to make the catch. Guthrie Bluejays defeated Shawnee Wolves, 23-21, in a high school football Class 5A round two playoff game in Guthrie on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

GUTHRIE — With the game hanging in the balance, Guthrie's defense delivered when it needed to most Saturday.

It was a reoccurring theme all day for the top-ranked Bluejays.

Guthrie's defense came through with four turnovers and effectively sealed the game when Shawnee star quarterback John Jacobs fumbled with just less than 5 minutes remaining, ending an otherwise dominant performance on a sour note.

Guthrie then held on for a 23-21 victory at Jelsma Stadium to advance to next week's Class 5A semifinals against No. 6 Collinsville on a day and neutral site that has not been determined.

“That was the biggest of moments,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “They came through when they had to in crunch time and created the turnover when we needed it.”

Guthrie (12-0) returns to the semifinals after a one-year hiatus and just two seasons after winning the Class 5A championship.

And the Bluejays can give credit to their big-play defense.

Senior defensive back Zontè Veasley and junior linebacker Beau Davis each came through with two turnovers apiece in crucial moments.

Davis seemed to be around the ball when needed with two fumble recoveries, including the game-clinching one.

“The first one, I happened to be in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “The second one, he actually ran me over I just got my arms on the ball and came down with it.”

Veasley's big play, though, was an interception and 73-yard return for a touchdown with just more than 10 minutes remaining to give Guthrie a 23-14 lead.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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