GUTHRIE – Scout Cawvey had himself a night, with four touchdown receptions to lift Shawnee to a 27-13 win over Guthrie to open up the season on the road Friday. The victory marked the 190th win for Shawnee coach Billy Brown.
“He's a fast kid and can catch,” Brown said.
Cawvey caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Heath Hunter to give Shawnee a 7-0 lead with 7:41 left in the first quarter and the two kept punishing Guthrie from there.
The pair connected with a 50-yarder with 9:19 left in the first half and again with a 40-yard pass at the 2:41 mark to go up 21-0.
Trenton Skinner hit Cawvey from 10 yards out on a reverse pass with eight seconds left in the half. Braden Barlean missed the extra point to give Shawnee a 27-0 lead at the half.
Skinner nearly had a reception of his own, but stepped on the line shortly before making it to the end zone. The play was called back on a holding penalty.
The game was Hunter's first leading the team and did what Brown asked of him, going 15-26 for 253 yards. Cawvey had eight receptions for 185 yards and Skinner had six catches for 71 yards.
“He did what we asked him to do,” Brown said. “He was pressured a lot. He was able to move around and throw a couple of balls out of pressure, but he did exactly what we needed him to do.”
Shawnee had trouble getting their ground game going, but running back Trejuan Shaw had several big carries in the second half and finished the game with 60 yards on 15 carries. Brayden McGinnis had four carries for 27 yards.
The Wolves ran the clock down in the second half but gave Guthrie opportunities to stay in the game on penalties.
They allowed Guthrie an 8-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left in the third and gave up a five-yard run with 1:37 left in the game. The Bluejays tried for the onside kick but the Wolves made an easy recovery.
“The first half they were flying around and playing hard, the second half we had some stupid penalties that kept drives alive for them,” Brown said. “That's just a mental part of the game that we've got to get better at.”
Shawnee committed four personal fouls in the second half of play, including three unsportsmanlike conduct calls. They finished with 16 penalties for 170 yards with half of those coming in the second half for a total of 95 yards.
The Wolves defense was all over Guthrie, forcing four fumbles and recovering three. Cawvey intercepted a pass on Guthrie's opening drive to quickly set the tone for the game.
Shawnee (1-0) will host Duncan (1-1) next week at 7:30 in their home opener. Duncan lost to Putnam City 16-15 Friday.