Del City routs Guthrie 47-17 in quarterfinal matchup
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Del City hosted Guthrie Friday night in what was supposed to be a matchup between two title contenders.
The Eagles quickly proved there was only one contender at Robert Kalsu Stadium.
Del City (11-0) dominated Guthrie (10-2) in all phases of the game and cruised to a 47-14 victory in the Class 5A state quarterfinal game.
It is the second time since 1976 that the Eagles have reached the state semifinals. They went on to win their only state title that year. They lost to Bixby in the Class 6A-II state semifinals in 2019.
Del City will face Claremore at 1 p.m. Friday at Noble High School in the 5A semifinals. The Zebras (11-1) advanced to semifinals after knocking off undefeated Elgin 7-6 on Friday. The winner will face Carl Albert/Bishop McGuinness in the state championship on Dec. 2 at UCO.
Guthrie had high hopes coming into the game after an impressive regular season. The Bluejays defense had allowed under five points a game. Their only previous loss was a nailbiter against defending champion Carl Albert.
But the talent in red and black was too much.
“I’ve been coaching 18 years and when you have the better athletes it usually shows up,” said Del City coach Robert Jones. “If you’re disciplined and if you play hard, the athletes usually take over. And I think that’s what it was tonight. Our athletes showed up and played.”
Seniors Braelon Adamah, Ladanian Fields and River Warren each accounted for multiple scores in the game.
Adamah scored three touchdowns including a 90-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter. He was quick to give praise to his teammates for springing him free on the return.
“If it wasn’t for Dmarion Turner and Jashawn McCalister, I would have never made that touchdown,” Adamah said. “They had some great blocks. I saw Jashawn run all the way up field and block the punter. I didn’t think he was going to get there but he did.”
Ladanian Fields had a receiving touchdown and a 101-yard interception return in the third quarter to round out the team’s scoring. He finished the game with six catches for 100 yards and one score.
Warren had a big night, completing 9 of 13 passes for 126 yards and one score. He also took one himself, scoring on an 11-yard run to cap the first half scoring.
“Our offensive line blocked great all night and that play was wide open so I thought I might as well just run it in,” Warren said.
The Eagles outgained the Bluejays 344-207 in offensive yards.
Del City took control early in the game, scoring on their first three possessions.
Adamah capped the opening drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone.
After forcing a punt, the Eagles went on the attack again. On fourth-and-one from midfield, Adamah blasted through the defense for a 43-yard run. Warren later found Ladanian Fields for a 13-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead with 2:21 in the first.
In the second quarter, Warren and Ladanian Fields connected again, this time on a 47-yard bomb. Two plays later, Adamah raced to the end zone, making it a 21-0 score.
Guthrie caught a break when the Eagles fumbled near midfield. But they couldn’t take advantage and had to punt.
That led to Adamah’s thrilling 90-yard run back.
Warren capped the impressive first half with an 11-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the half.
Del City led 34-0 at halftime.
Rodney Fields kept the momentum going as he picked off Calvert at the Eagles 35-yard line. Two plays later, Shayden Green sprinted through the defense for a 65-yard touchdown run. That made it a 41-0 score with 9:13 left in the third.
The Bluejays finally moved the ball deep inside Eagle territory but saw their opportunity disappear. On fourth-and-goal, Calvert tried to hit a receiver in the end zone, but Ladanian Fields grabbed it and bolted the other way for a 101-yard touchdown return.
“I saw them try to run it three times on the side,” Ladanian said. “They motioned over and I told my safety to switch because I knew it was coming.”
Guthrie scored twice in the fourth quarter to make it a 47-14 final.