STILLWATER â€” Tulsa Washington attacked early, often and simply never looked back.
In a battle of the top two ranked teams in Class 5A, the Hornets left no doubt about who was superior on this night.
Guthrie simply had no answer for Tulsa Washington's speed in losing 38-11 in the semifinals Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The Bluejays finish the season at 11-2, while the Hornets will play Tulsa East Central in next weekend's championship.
â€œWe started off real bad. We came out flat, and I'm not really sure why,â€ Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said.
And it started before the opening kickoff. On the coin toss, Guthrie elected to kick instead of deferring to the second half. Already in a big 28-8 hole at halftime, that decision meant Guthrie had to kick off twice.
The pride of the Bluejays has been their defense all season, especially against the run. Guthrie came in allowing 36 yards per game on the ground.
But Hornets running back Isaac Bennett carved up the defense on this night. Bennett notched 201 yards and two touchdowns. Tulsa Washington rushed for 238 yards in the game.
â€œWe played exactly the way we wanted to tonight,â€ Hornets quarterback Jordy Albert said. â€œWe executed and took advantage of their mistakes.â€
It wasn't just the rushing game that had its way against Guthrie. Albert threw for three touchdowns in the first half.
Despite the slow start, Guthrie was able to mount a charge in the second quarter. The Bluejays blocked a field goal, and freshman Kai Callins returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion run by Kentrell Brothers made it 14-8.
However, Tulsa Washington came right back and scored. And scored again after a turnover right before halftime.
â€œThey were playing hard, and we were just playing,â€ Watkins said. â€œI was pleased with our effort in the second half, but you can't have that many turnovers against great football teams.â€
Guthrie lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions. No turnover was more costly than a fumble in the red zone in the third quarter.
The Bluejays were driving in to score early in the quarter to make it a two-possession game. But after the fumble, Bennett went 90 yards on the next play to make it 35-8.
â€œYou can â€˜what if' things to death, but you have to give them a lot of credit,â€ Watkins said. â€œThat's a great team out there.â€