High school football: New coach, same formula for Guthrie

After winning the Class 5A football championship, the Bluejays have gone through changes on the field with a massive group of seniors graduating and a coaching change. Still, things are close to the same under new coach Kelly Beeby, and that was evident during the spring practice period.
by Jacob Unruh Published: June 1, 2014
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GUTHRIE — It was a strange offseason for Guthrie.

After winning the Class 5A football championship, the Bluejays have gone through changes on the field with a massive group of seniors graduating and a coaching change.

Still, things are close to the same under new coach Kelly Beeby, and that was evident during the spring practice period.

“Coach Beeby is really doing his thing,” senior L’liott Curry said. “It feels like nothing has changed to me. I feel like I can completely trust Coach Beeby. I know he’s going to make the right changes.”

Beeby said it’ll be the same formula for the Bluejays, one built on the running game and success of both lines.

“It hasn’t been broke,” said Beeby. “The formula’s been pretty good. Again, it’s the culmination of over 10 years of staff unity as far as the way we’ve done things and the way the program’s been built. The road map’s there and we’re just trying to stay on that path.”

The map just may be a little crazier next season as the Bluejays return just three offensive starters and five starters from a defense that was the top defense in the class.

The biggest area of concern the past two weeks has been rebuilding the offensive line, which returns only one starter in Conan Maltz.

“They were better on Tuesday than they were Monday and they were better on Wednesday than they were Tuesday,” Beeby said. “It’s going to be a process and we’ll continue to base what we do and our success on being able to block people up front, so that’s an area of concentration for us.”

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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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