GUTHRIE — Landry Chappell's football-playing days are over, but the senior left his mark on Guthrie, which won its third state title in 2011.
Chappell, an Oklahoman All-State linebacker, ended his Bluejays career with 587 tackles, making him Guthrie's all-time leading tackler. He added 24 career sacks.
“It's nice, but our team got what we needed and that's what my whole goal was,” Chappell said of Guthrie's state championship.
“(The 2011 seniors) weren't the most group, but we worked really hard.”
Chappell now moves into wrestling season, and wrestling is where he'll stay. He signed last month to wrestle at Oklahoma State in college.
But before he gets to Stillwater, he's looking to repeat as a state champion. Chappell won the 215-pound crown last season, and said he might drop to the 195-pound weight class if his team needs him to.
He's already lost some weight he needed for football.
Chappell was Guthrie's unquestioned defensive leader as the team sought the state championship. He leaves behind a storied career, and said the finality of it all hit him at the team banquet early in December.
“When we were watching the highlight video, it hit me that I'm not gonna be able to play again,” Chappell said.
The 2011 Guthrie seniors — with one notable exception — have played together since little league.
Senior receiver/safety Clint Simek, who moved in from Prague last year, was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA in November, briefly halting the Bluejays' state title run.
“This season went as well as possible with the whole ineligible thing,” Chappell said. “It was just great playing with all these seniors.
“We've all grown up together. It's just special to play little league all the way through with these guys and just see the progress we all made.”