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We miss football. Actually, we miss sports in general. We hope everybody is staying safe, listening to the professionals and doing what’s best. We also want to give a shoutout to all the workers in the medical field, all of the first responders and all of those essential workers! As we said at the top, we miss football. So every Thursday, we’re going to take a look back at some of the state champions from the previous season with a little Throwback Thursday!
We started by taking a look at 6A-D1 and Owasso capturing their second title in three years. Last week, we drop down to 6A-D2 and throw it back to the Bixby Spartans continuing their dynasty with a fifth state title in six years. Today, we look at 5A and another dynasty as Carl Albert captured their fourth consecutive gold ball.
In Class 5A, during the last five years, no rivalry has been as big as Bishop McGuinness and Carl Albert. The Irish and Titans have been in the same district for years but they’ve also met in the playoffs, more specifically in the state title game a number of times. This would be the third time in the last four years that Carl Albert would see McGuinness for the title.
The two teams had just met a month earlier at Carl Albert in the regular season finale. The Titans absolutely housed the Irish in a blowout victory that gave them the district title. However, the Irish were without star running back Dominic Richardson. Everyone knew that the rematch would be a little different with Richardson back on the field for McGuinness.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Titans struck first on the first play of the second period. Kentrell Bizzell would get loose and go 54 yards to put Carl Albert up 7-0. The Titans would get another big play in special teams from Cobe Crews, who blocked a McGuinness field goal and took it 70+ yards to the house. A McGuinness touchdown would make it 14-7 at the halftime break.
The Titans would add a 49-yard field goal to go up by ten points in the third quarter. Dominic Richardson ran for over 100 yards in the first half but was knocked out of the game in the second half and could only watch as the Titans would extend the lead in the fourth quarter. A Ben Harris touchdown pass to Jayveion Traylor and several McGuinness interceptions, including a Titan pick-six would give the Titans their fourth straight state title.
The Carl Albert dynasty continued in 2019, despite a potential record-breaking streak being snapped earlier in the season. The Titans lost to Piedmont during the regular season. Had they gone 14-0 again, they would be going into 2020 with a 50-game winning streak. Quarterback Ben Harris would be 42-0 as QB1 of the Titans heading into his senior year. He’ll just have to settle for 41-1. Not terrible.
The Titans will look for their fifth state championship in a row this fall and what would be their 16th state title in school history. The Titans are starting to rapidly climb the record books for most state titles in Oklahoma history. And make no mistake about it, they’ll enter the 2020 season as the favorite to raise another gold ball.