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Guthrie no match for Tulsa Washington

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, Modified: November 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm •  Published: November 26, 2010

— 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.

“We started off real bad. We came out flat, and I'm not really sure why,” 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.

“We played exactly the way we wanted to tonight,” Hornets quarterback Jordy Albert said. “We executed and took advantage of their mistakes.”

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