Oklahoma high school football: Jones, Guthrie thankful to have Week 10 game after late cancellation
JONES – Dave Martin received a phone call late Friday morning no one wants to get.
Jones' football coach found out his team's game that night against Meeker was being canceled, leaving the Longhorns in limbo. That's when Martin started making phone calls.
He called Guthrie's Kelly Beeby, and the Class 5A program agreed to travel to Class 2A Jones for a nondistrict game Friday night. No. 4 Jones beat No. 9 Guthrie 32-26, but the outcome didn't matter much. Martin was just thankful for another opportunity to compete.
"We appreciate Kelly Beeby for working with us to throw a game together 6 hours before kickoff," Martin said. "We wanted to give the kids an opportunity to go out and play. With everything that's going on, you don't know when that last game's going to be."
The coaches exchanged film and studied each other for about a half hour. As far as a game plan, there wasn't one. Martin said Jones adapted on the fly, finding its rhythm during the game with zero prep.
Jones scored the go-ahead score with less than a minute left to come away with a victory. Martin told his players that no matter the outcome, they would be a better team because of the adversity and challenge of Friday's game.
"It sure was a lot better than sitting at home not playing," Martin said.