West Platte blanks Mid Buchanan

By Bryce Mereness The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 5, 2012 - 11:47 PM

Dylan Guthrie’s busy day ended with a bit of freedom on the football field.

The elder Guthrie died last year during the flooding disaster while on duty near Big Lake, Mo.

As if the day hadn’t been testing enough, Guthrie even played some quarterback after an injury forced starter Jack Callahan from the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a touchdown in his cameo as a signal-caller — a role he hadn’t occupied since his freshman campaign.

“I was really comfortable in the role,” Guthrie said. “I had to do it when I was a freshman; I’m comfortable doing it now. The team has trust in me and it gave me confidence to go and I was ready to go.”

West Platte’s defense provided the final exclamation.

Mid-Buchanan drove into the red zone with less than 20 seconds remaining hoping to break the shutout. West Platte’s Brandon Searcy then intercepted Dragons quarterback Dalton Robinson’s pass as time expired and returned it 99 yards for the game’s final points.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” West Platte coach Chuck Siler said of the game-ending play. “Coach (Scott) Wilkinson does a great job. He comes up with all sorts of stuff. He runs the show on that end. He keeps people off balance, and disguises things. That’s just what he does and he loves it.”

Both offenses started slow, but it was Guthrie who eventually broke through and opened the scoring with 3 1/2 minutes to play in the first quarter. For the rest of the story click here.

Hours after attending a ceremony to honor his late father, the West Platte senior amassed 201 yards of total offense and accrued four total touchdowns in West Platte’s 34-0 win against Mid-Buchanan. Earlier in the day, Guthrie watched as the Missouri Highway Patrol honored his father, Fred F. Guthrie, Jr., by naming a part of Interstate 29 in his honor.