GUTHRIE — Down 6 points with less than a minute and a half remaining Friday, Tulsa East Central quarterback John McDavid pitched a shovel pass to Tyler Coddington.
Coddington fumbled, Guthrie senior linebacker Landry Chappell dove on the loose ball at the 49-yard line and the Bluejays retook possession with 1:11 left.
“There was no way I wasn't getting that ball,” Chappell said.
No. 1 Guthrie beat No. 5 Tulsa East Central 20-14 at Jelsma Stadium on Friday, securing a spot in the Class 5A semifinals for the third consecutive year.
And the Bluejays had to earn it.
Guthrie got off to a fast start, taking a 13-0 first-quarter lead.
After an East Central touchdown, Guthrie was threatening to retake a two-possession lead. But Bluejays' quarterback Bryan Dutton threw a red zone interception.
“That was on me,” Dutton said. “We had miscommunication. Just a lot of little things, a lot of mental errors. We've gotta correct them, because it only gets harder from here.”
The Bluejays took their 13-7 lead into halftime, but on the first play of the second half, Tulsa East Central running back Malachi Neal popped a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals their only lead of the night.