The words of the day were mistakes and turnovers for the Shawnee Wolves as they fell 23-21 to the Guthrie Bluejays Saturday.
The words of the day were mistakes and turnovers for the Shawnee Wolves as they fell 23-21 to the Guthrie Bluejays Saturday. The last of four turnovers ultimately doomed the Wolves' late comeback attempt. In the fourth quarter, Shawnee quarterback John Jacobs sent a pass to wide receiver Chris Lester, who was on a bubble route. The result was an 18-yard touchdown catch. A successful extra point kick by Cade Dixon made the score Guthrie 23, Shawnee 21. The Wolves recovered the ensuing onside kick and had the ball at the Guthrie 40 yard line with 5:08 remaining in the game. That's when disaster struck as Shawnee fumbled on the next play, said Billy Brown, Shawnee's head coach. “They recovered it and we never got it back,” he said. The Bluejays were then able to run out clock to seal the win. Shawnee held a 14-13 lead at halftime. However, Brown felt good about his team's chances at that point. “We felt like those [points they had] were from mistakes [we made]. I didn't think we needed to make any adjustments other than limit our mistakes. So we kept doing our thing,” he said. Of the four turnovers, one was an interception and three were fumbles. However, Brown said a botched field goal resulted in better field position for the hosts. “The punter fell down at the seven yard line so it was basically five turnovers,” he said. “Their touchdowns came from turnovers. On the first two, it gave them a short field. They went a total of 17 yards for the two touchdowns in first half.” Guthrie came out of halftime to score three points from a 19-yard field goal from Luis Morales. This gave the Bluejays a 16-13 lead. The next score came on Jacobs' interception as Guthrie's Zonte Veasley returned it 73 yards for a touchdown. Morales' kick made it Guthrie 23, Shawnee 14 in the fourth quarter. This would turn out to be the winning score. At the end of the day, the Wolves made too many mistakes, Brown said. “They didn't have any,” he said. “We had several. We felt like we should have won. If we'd limited turnovers we probably do [win the game], but [I have to] give credit them for creating [the turnovers].” The loss means that Shawnee finishes the season with a 9-3 record. Meanwhile, the win improved top-ranked Guthrie's mark to 12-0. Next week, The Bluejays go the Class 5A Semifinals to face Collinsville (10-2) who topped Bishop McGuiness 36-35 Friday. Brown praised the performance of Lester, who had 11 catches; two of which were touchdowns. Lester scored a 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. “Jacobs passed it about 20 yards over the middle and Lester did the rest himself,” he said. Brown believes the future is bright for his Wolves' squad in spite of Saturday's tough loss. “We'll have about half the starters back,” he said. “A lot of offense players will be back. We have to replace some folks on defense, but we'll get to work in the weight room and move on.” Report compiled by Matt Caban.