West Platte blanks Mid Buchanan

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 15, 2011 - 1:30 AM



FAUCETT, Mo. — West Platte running back Dylan Guthrie had more to play for than just a win Friday night in West Platte’s 56-0 victory at Mid-Buchanan High School.

 

The junior running back’s father, Fred Guthrie, died on flood patrol near Big Lake earlier this summer. Fred Guthrie’s oldest son scored four touchdowns in the Blue Jays’ first Class 1 District 15 game. His youngest, Cody, also rushed for a score in the second half with the outcome already decided.

 

“I’ve been playing football since I was in third grade, and my dad has been by my side every step of the way,” Dylan Guthrie said. “It sucks not having him here, but I try to play for him and play my hardest every play.”

 

Mid-Buchanan held a moment of silence for Fred Guthrie prior to the game.

 

Following the touching gesture, Dylan Guthrie ran for 89 yards and three touchdowns to go with a 13-yard score on a pass from junior quarterback Luke Wetzel. West Platte went on to easily dispatch its KCI Conference rivals, as the Blue Jays improved to 6-2, 5-0 in the KCI Conference.

 

West Platte already decided to dedicate its potential banner season to Fred Guthrie and allow his sons to use football as an escape from the pain their family continues to endure.

 

“He’s a player anyway,” West Platte coach Chuck Siler said. “But there’s no doubt that’s why he’s playing.”

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