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The Class 5A state championship game is set and it’s time to start looking at the match-up. District rivals Bishop McGuinness and Carl Albert will square off for the state championship for the third time in the last four years. We’ll have plenty of preview content leading up to kickoff of the game, but we kick things off here with taking a look at both teams and the 5A Title First Look.
BISHOP McGUINNESS IRISH (11-2)
Sept 6 – Lost To Del City 20-17
Sept 13 – Beat Bishop Kelley 41-14
Sept 20 – Beat Enid 41-13
Sept 26 – Beat Northwest Classen 56-0
Oct 4 – Beat Woodward 56-20
Oct 11 – Beat Guymon 69-7
Oct 17 – Beat Lawton Eisenhower 52-28
Oct 25 – Beat Piedmont 29-7
Nov 1 – Beat Guthrie 33-7
Nov 8 – Lost To Carl Albert 40-0
1st Round – Beat Ardmore 46-14
Quarterfinal – Beat Edison 42-41
Semifinal – Beat Bishop Kelley 48-22
Championship Appearance: 6th
Bishop McGuinness punched their ticket to their sixth state championship game in school history. The Irish are also playing for the gold ball for the third time in the last four seasons. While things didn’t go well in those first two appearances, the Irish are going to bring a fight to their rematch with the Titans.
Championship Record: 2-3
The Irish won championships in 2006 and again in 2007. However, since then, the Irish have either fallen short of the title game or fallen short in the title game. The Irish made it to the championship in back to back years in 2016 and 2017 and fell to Carl Albert each time. Again, they’ll be looking to turn that around.
Offensive Production: 40.7 PPG
Bishop McGuinness is playing some of their best football offensively right now. They’re averaging right at 40 points per game and have scored north of 40 points in all three rounds of the playoffs. However, in week ten, they were shut out against Carl Albert. Without a doubt the low point of the year.
Defensive Production: 17.9 PPG
It’s certainly a bend but don’t break defense for Bishop McGuinness. They’ve won games in a variety of ways this year. By shutting an opponent down or winning in a shootout. The Irish have some dynamic players on the defensive side of the ball that can make an impact in a hurry.
CARL ALBERT TITANS (12-1)
Sept 6 – Beat Midwest City 31-0
Sept 13 – Beat Del City 49-19
Sept 20 – Beat Shawnee 40-13
Sept 27 – Beat Guymon 63-0
Oct 4 – Lost To Piedmont 10-6
Oct 11 – Beat Northwest Classen 62-0
Oct 17 – Beat Guthrie 48-0
Oct 25 – Beat Woodward 49-14
Nov 1 – Beat Lawton Eisenhower 62-0
Nov 8 – Beat Bishop McGuinness 40-0
1st Round – Beat Duncan 48-7
Quarterfinal – Beat McAlester 38-7
Semifinal – Beat Piedmont 24-0
Championship Appearance: 16th
Carl Albert has returned to the state championship game and it shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point. The Titans are playing for their fourth consecutive gold ball and have made it to their 16th championship game in school history. They improved their all time record in semifinal games to 16-0.
Championship Record: 14-1
The Titans have walked away with the last three state championships and are hungry to make it four and to add the 15th gold ball to the trophy case. 15 titles would break a tie with Morrison and put Carl Albert all alone in third place in state history. Trailing only Ada, Clinton and Jenks.
Offensive Production: 43.1 PPG
There isn’t much that’s flashy about Carl Albert’s offense. Except how many times they end up scoring. They run their offense exceptionally well and it’s showed this season. The firepower in the Titan backfield certainly leads the way and that experience is a big reason why the Titans are where they are today.
Defensive Production: 5.4 PPG
Carl Albert has simply had one of the most dominant defenses in Oklahoma this season. They’ve given up double digit points on just four occasions and are coming off a shutout victory over Piedmont, the team that handed the Titans their only loss this year. With talent everywhere, this Titan D is scary.