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Landry Chappell recovers fumble to secure Guthrie victory

Bluejays remain unbeaten after 20-14 win over Tulsa East Central
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: November 18, 2011
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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.

Ballgame.

“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.

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